If you are running a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) server (terminal server), you don’t want the end users being notified there are updates to be applied, because they won’t have permission to apply them.
Use this quick GPO setting to disable the end user notification of Windows Updates.
Here is a really quick way of checking if a particular Windows Update patch has been installed using PowerShell.
And it’s much easier than searching through the Windows Update History!
I’ve recently upgraded my home lab from running Windows 8.1 to running Windows 10. It wasn’t an inplace upgrade, as I replaced the OS drive so it was a fresh install onto an SSD, all was going swimmingly until i hit an issue with Windows Update replacing some of my drivers.
While the initial installation went ok, Windows Update ran and patched without a hitch. I then spent some time putting on the latest vendor drivers from Asus for the motherboard and AMD for the graphics card. The system ran perfectly for a couple of days until the next round of Windows Updates. After that Internet connectivity was intermittent, pings were dropping left, right and center making remote access impossible. On further investigation the network card driver had reverted from my Intel 82579LM to a Microsoft driver!
Well after unisnstalling the Microsoft driver, a scan for hardware changes and reinstalling the network card driver, the system was working well again, but I wanted to stop Windows Update from installing drivers for me in future.
If you have deployed a Windows Server 2012 R2 generation 2 virtual machine on 2012 R2 Hyper-V server you may find that Windows Update fails on any generation 2 virtual machines.
Generation 2 virtual machines use UEFI rather than BIOS. UEFI is a firmware interface to the hardware that will gradually replace BIOS on newer hardware. It is more secure than BIOS and designed to protect pre-boot prcesses from attack, improve startup times and support larger disks, as well as a number of other enhancements.
So a Generation 2 virtual machine uses UEFI, and therefore has the Enable Secure Boot option enabled by default.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 is due to be released tomorrow (8/4/2014) via Windows Update, with many of the new features are aimed squarely at mouse and keyboard users to make their lives easier.
I’ve seen recently on several Windows 7 computers the following message when you try and run Windows update.
“Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer.”
On further inspection the service is running and everything looks to be as it should be.
The problem appears to be that Windows Defender hasn’t run a scan for several weeks. Once you have run Windows Defender and completed a Quick scan, Windows Update starts working properly again.
In my case the machines were spare Windows 7 machines that only get used for a couple months every year.