A few weeks ago I showed you how to force automatic updates using a simple script.
This week I came across another interesting tool that can manage automatic updates.
Best of all it is free, and can be executed from the command line.
It is called WUInstall.
If you just want to see what updates are needed, you can call it like this:
To download those same updates you can use the /download option:
You can install updates just as easily using /install
My favorite, and I think the most powerful feature is the /match option. It allows you to narrow down the list of patches you want to install by name.
For example, Last month Internet Explorer had a zero day flaw that would allow remote execution. The patch number for it was KB2744842. Instead of waiting around for Windows Update, you could call WUInstall like this to force it to install right now:
WUInstall.exe /Install /match "KB2744842"
If you needed to run this on machines across your network you could easily push it across using the ‘remote execute’ feature of Network Administrator:
Get your copy of WU Install from here:
The free edition is free for personal, and commercial use.
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