Windows 7 Slow Updating

Mark Berry December 4, 2016

Windows 7 updating will take forever on a fresh install or if you haven’t updated in a while. This is covered in many online articles but I’m needing it often enough that I wanted to make a couple notes for future reference.


Windows 10 Re-Installs Cumulative Update

Mark Berry November 21, 2016

After finally getting the November 2016 cumulative update to install into Windows 10 (by installng Windows 10 from scratch, twice), I was a bit dismayed today to see that Windows wanted to re-download and re-install the 800MB cumulative update.


When DISM Won’t RestoreHealth

Mark Berry November 19, 2016

I’ve been having trouble installing the Windows 10 cumulative update for November 2016. DISM is supposed to scan or restore your Windows image, as explained in this Technet article. But when I tried DISM /RestoreHealth with both online and local sources, it kept telling me that it couldn’t find sources.


Windows 10 Can’t Install November Cumulative Update

Mark Berry November 19, 2016

Windows 10 Pro 1511 failed repeatedly to install the November 2016 Cumulative Update (KB3198586). So I deleted the partition and installed Windows 10 Pro 1607 from scratch. It also cannot install the update (KB3200970), even if downloaded from the Update Catalog and installed manually.


Windows 10 Does Not Show or Install Optional Updates

Mark Berry August 4, 2016

Remember all those optional updates in Windows 7? Often you could ignore them, but sometimes you might actually want to update all your hardware drivers at once, or even install Silverlight.

In Windows 10, the optional updates are there, but you’ll never see them without PowerShell or an add-on module, and you can only install them one-by-one.


Windows 8.1 Update Scheduling

Mark Berry February 24, 2016

Windows Update on Windows 8/8.1/2012/2012R2 has some confusing behavior.

I’m assuming you’ve installed the 2013 patch 2885694 to get more control over the updates. You’ll probably want to read the WSUS blog article about that patch. But still you may be wondering how updates work without and with group policy.


Print Detailed Windows Update Information

Mark Berry November 12, 2015

Earlier this year, I wrote about how to show and change Windows Update settings on a machine using PowerShell. But sometimes you need to know more about a Windows update than you can see in those scripts or in the Windows user interface, for example the UpdateID. This PowerShell script will print key information about one or more udpates. Run it from a Remote Management tool or directly on the machine you are investigating.


Uninstall and Hide Windows Updates

Mark Berry November 11, 2015

Sometimes Microsoft releases a bad update via Windows Update. It might be 3035583 that has been released multitple times to to push Windows 10 nag prompts to users. Or 3097877 that causes Outlook to crash repeatedly.

Here is a PowerShell script that uses wusa.exe to uninstall an update, then PowerShell to hide that same update. It will even check for superseded updates with the same number and hide those. The script was designed to run from the MaxFocus dashboard but can also be run standalone.


Windows Update Operation 4913 of 11629

Mark Berry September 10, 2015

Usually Windows Updates shows you a percentage complete as the machine is rebooting. Yesterday for some reason, on one Windows 7 machine, I got a count of the “operations”:

Windows update

The “operations” completed fairly quickly and the machine seemed fine. I just thought it was interesting to see how much was going on.


Urgent: New Remote Desktop Vulnerability

Mark Berry March 18, 2012

Remote Desktop is used by most IT service firms to do remote computer maintenance. It’s also a great tool for allowing people to work from home. This week, Microsoft disclosed a vulnerability in Remote Desktop that could allow anyone to remotely connect to your computer and run programs.  According to Microsoft, “…due to the attractiveness of this vulnerability to attackers, we anticipate that an exploit for code execution will be developed in the next 30 days.”



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