Manually Dealing with Windows Updates

This unabridged note contains some usable copy/paste lines to work with Windows updates. There’s a comprehensive Windows Golden Image setup that simplifies the process of generating a pristine template, which is outside the scope of this chicken-scratch blob…

Check if proxy is enabled in the current Windows Server:

PS C:\WINDOWS> (Get-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings").ProxyEnable

If proxy is enabled (result=1), then set winhttp to use the desired proxy

# Set winhttp proxy with exclusion list
netsh winhttp set proxy $proxy $exclusionList

# Allow System to use Default Credentials to authenticate to proxy
[]::defaultwebproxy = New-Object$proxy)
[]::defaultwebproxy.credentials = [System.Net.CredentialCache]::DefaultNetworkCredentials
[]::defaultwebproxy.BypassProxyOnLocal = $true

Finally, run this command to install updates

Get-WindowsUpdate -AcceptAll -MicrosoftUpdate -Install -AutoReboot

To Disable Windows Update:

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update" /v AUOptions /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

## OR ##

sc config wuauserv start= disabled

To Enable Windows Update:

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update" /v AUOptions /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

## OR ##

sc config wuauserv start= auto

To Pause Windows Update Service:

net stop wuauserv
net stop bits
net stop dosvc

To Resume Windows Update Service:

net start wuauserv
net start bits
net start dosvc

To Force Windows to check for updates:

wuauclt /detectnow /updatenow

Windows 10 PowerShell:

Install-Module PSWindowsUpdate

# Module agnostic
(New-Object -ComObject Microsoft.Update.AutoUpdate).DetectNow()

VBS Script to apply to remote servers:

To forcefully reset Windows updated packages, it may be necessary to rename the Software Distribution folder. It is located in the Windows root directory and used to temporarily store files which may be required to install Windows Update on your computer. WUAgent depends on this during its run-time.

Ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
Ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak
shutdown -r -t 0
Legacy Service Packs:

Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft has paused the releases of service packs in favor of distributing patches via the centralized repos. Thus, it’s a good idea to keep this list of items for older machines. 

Windows Updates & Service Packs
Operating System Service Pack / Update Size (MB) Download

Windows 7

Windows Server 2008

SP2 316 32-bit
477 64-bit
SP1 538 32-bit
903 64-bit
Windows Vista3 SP2 476 32-bit
578 64-bit
Windows XP SP3 316 32-bit
SP2 351 64-bit
Windows 2000 SP4 0.59 32-bit

Downloading and applying services packs is straight forward. Here’s a screenshot of the wizard.

Windows 7 SP1

Be advised that applying services packs may not always go as planned. This is an error to show a sample of these exceptional cases.

error: 0x8004402f

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