MS Updates at System Shutdown

  Chillie 11:58 06 Sep 09
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This is quite maddening! Of late, when closing down system I am told there are updates to be installed.

I use Win XP SP3 with 'Auto Updates' set to 'Notify but do not download'. Now I do not know what updates are planned for installation. I have looked into the folder windows/softwaredistribution and found a 'ReportingEvents log' which shows the following:
{C18D5037-9CAE-4820-BD6A-65A1411EE787} 2009-09-06 07:58:11:328+0100 1 185 101 {C73FCB01-13D0-42F8-8B1F-298F2350F40D} 100 0 AutomaticUpdates Success Content Install Hide update: user hid one update.
{CAEF2589-3E8D-4223-8232-7591495EE445} 2009-09-06 07:58:11:328+0100 1 185 101 {37DD5CBC-6257-4291-96A9-333FE0AAC9E5} 100 0 AutomaticUpdates Success Content Install Hide update: user hid one update.

Can anyone help me in finding where details of the updates are stored?

Many thanks
Chillie

  DieSse 12:06 06 Sep 09

The normal thing is to look on the Windows update site, which will give you your update history, and allow you to change some of your settings eg which ones you hide or not.

  Stuartli 13:12 06 Sep 09

Quite often, downloaded Windows updates are installed just before Shut Down, with the message advising of this fact.

Perhaps you have elected to download only some updates, but then not ticked the panel to Not be Informed of these Updates Again?

  Chillie 14:39 06 Sep 09

for your views and suggestions.

Confirmed via MS Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) that there were 2 hidden updates (both I know about) - Explorer 8 and KB970653 the Daylight Saving Time update; Letting IE8 settle down and the DST update seems to be giving some grief to XP and Vista Users.

Anyhow, created a System Restore point and allowed the update to be installed. On restart, checked through the SoftwareDistribrution folder and found that the sneaky update was for Microsft Update Client. All appears well!

The question remains however: why is Microsoft ignoring the Auto Updates Notify requirement and downloading updates quietly without any User acceptance or notification?

I shall leave this open in case you or anyone else have a view or further info.

Once again, many thanks

Chillie

  Spark6 15:19 06 Sep 09

I had the 'notify me but don't automatically download or install them'ticked and had the same experience as you this morning!
I have now changed it to 'download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them'. Let's see what happens now.
BTW I use the Add or Remove program, with the 'show updates' ticked, but I'm not sure if it shows all the updates.

  Chillie 16:12 06 Sep 09

I think you may find that the 'download but not install' selection may not allow you to chose what to install. Would be interesting to learn how you get on!

I believe 'Add/Remove' does not show all updates - the Microsoft Update Client I had today is not shown, perhaps because it didn't have a KB number.

BTW, all KBs seem ti be listed in a windows folder - my PC calls it $hf_mig$.

Chillie

  DieSse 16:22 06 Sep 09

"....why is Microsoft ignoring the Auto Updates Notify requirement and downloading updates quietly without any User acceptance or notification?"

This has been an ongoing issue - particularly with SysAdmins who need to rigorously control updates for compatibility reasons.

  provider 2 16:24 06 Sep 09

$hf_mig$ seems to be a bit special in that it`s used for co-ordination of future patches ... Ask Leo: click here

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