Tag Windows

How to list installed updates in Windows

Time to time you might need to list or export installed updates and hotfixes. Unfortunatelly even if you are able to lkst them in instaleld programs, you are not able to copy that list. But there are solutions.

In Windows 2003/XP  you have to use 3rd party software like Windows Update List by NirSoft.

In Windows 2008 and newer (works also for Windows 7 and probably Vista) it is much more easier, you can do it with:

wmic qfe get /format:list >C:\installed_updates.txt

Format can be:

  • LIST  – tab delimited
  • CSV – csv file
  • HFORM/HTABLE – html
  • RAWXML – xml

How to update Windows defender automatically

Windows 8 brings not only Metro interface and strange Start menu but also Windows Defender instead of Microsoft Security Essentials. Windows Defender is missing some features MSSE has. One of those changes is that updates for virus and spyware definitions are installed by Windows Update.

In case your setting are “notify but not install automatically” you are asked nearly every day for manual update. My guess is that Microsoft want to force people to use automatic updates.
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How to fix “Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running”

Sometimes you can get in situation that Windows Update is not working and you are receiving error

“Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer”.

It can be caused by corrupted data for Windows update. If this is your case fix could be easy.

  • go to services and stop Windows update service
  • locate C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\ folder and delete all its content
  • start Windows update service
  • check for updates

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