Category: Windows 7



Security bulletin indicates SP1 is being released to wsus this coming patch Tuesday!!

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/894199

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Microsoft released Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 yesterday.  It’s currently available to everyone via Windows Update.  I’m still waiting (impatiently, at that) for it to be released for wsus deployment.  You can download different varieties from here.  For you early adopters like myself, to start deploying it to your users, run the applicable exe with supported switches.

 

All switches are listed below

Options Description
/forcerestart If a restart is required, this option forces any open applications or documents to close.
/nodialog Suppresses the success or failure dialog box at the end of the installation.
/norestart Does not restart the computer after the installation is complete, even if a restart is required to complete the installation. You should use this option in conjunction with the /quiet option.
/promptrestart If a restart is required, a dialog box notifies the user that a restart is required to complete Setup. You should use this option in conjunction with the /quiet option.
/quiet Runs the installation in quiet mode. This mode shows no user interface during the installation of the updates. This is the same as unattended mode, except that the user interface is hidden. No prompts will appear during the installation process except the success or failure dialog box at the end of the installation. To suppress this dialog box, you must also specify the /nodialog option.
/unattend Installs the service pack in unattended mode. Only critical error prompts and a progress bar will appear during the installation. For example, Microsoft Software License Terms is not shown, and the computer will be automatically restarted.
/warnrestart[:<seconds>] If a restart is required, a dialog box notifies the user that the computer will restart in the specified number of seconds. The user can either cancel the restart or restart the computer immediately. The default setting for the automatic restart is 30 seconds.
/wsus Returns a failure code if the previous installation attempt failed. This option is needed only when you are deploying SP1 in a Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), SMS, or System Center Configuration Manager environment, or in any non-Microsoft product that uses the Windows Update Agent to report installation success.
/? or /help Displays command usage.

so for example you want a silent install with a reboot at the end:  windows6.1-kb976932-x64.exe /quiet /nodialog /forcerestart

Happy updating!

Tim

 


Ever had the problem where Windows Update freezes during the download phase and won’t continue?
Check to see if BITS is running. If not, and it WON’T start..read below

Try deleting the downloader cache files!

I’m not going to include XP users because:
1. I can’t remember the exact path
2. You’re still using XP, you’re a bit behind.

For Windows 7 users, the downloader cache/queue location is c:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Network\Downloader.
Inside this folder are .DAT files, remove them and see if BITS will now start thus, enabling Windows Update.
Note: This has only been tested for people using the Microsoft site, it “should” be the same for WSUS, but I can’t guarantee it.