How to list updates that have been installed on your Windows Server 2016 machine.

In this post, we are going to walk through how to check what updates you have installed on your Windows Server 2016 machine. Applies to: Server with Desktop Experience Server Core Using PowerShell: Open a PowerShell prompt with Admin permissions. Type Get-Hotfix and press Enter. Using a command line: Open a command prompt with Admin…


How to change Windows Update settings using SCONFIG.

In this post, we are going to walk through how to manage the Windows Update settings on Windows Server 2016. Applies to: Server with Desktop Experience Server Core   Validate your current WU settings using SCONFIG To determine what updates your machine has already installed, follow these steps: Open a command prompt with Admin permissions….


Patching with Windows Server 2016

There are exciting changes in Windows Server 2016 which simplifies and streamlines patching.  I think you will find Windows Server 2016 will be easier to maintain and help reduce OpEx costs.  Let’s discuss some of these key changes. Updated Consolidation In Windows Server 2016 the sea of updates will be streamlined and simplified into a…


Windows Update behavior on Windows Server 2016

In Windows Server 2016, we improved the desktop experience to provide a consistent experience by leveraging the same shell UI as the Windows 10 Client. This greatly improves the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) experience and made it easier to find things. The same is true for updating Windows Server. We leverage the modern settings user…


Upcoming Update for Microsoft Update Client

Hello, In an effort to provide additional protection for customers, we are releasing an update that further enhances the security of Windows Update / Microsoft Update (WU/MU) Client. Improvements include further hardening of infrastructure used by WU/MU client and a more secure communication channel between WU/MU Client and Service. The update is applicable to Windows…


Update to Windows Update, WSUS Coming This Week

Hello, As part of the phased mitigation strategy we outlined on the MSRC blog, an update was released with Security Advisory 2718704 that prevents unauthorized certificates from being used to attack Windows systems.  In an effort to provide additional protection for customers, the next action in our mitigation strategy is to further harden Windows Update…


Windows 7 Service Pack 1 available through Windows Update

Hi All,   Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 is now available on the Download Center (DLC) and also through Windows Update and WSUS.  On February 9th, we announced the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of SP1.  For Windows 7, SP1 will help keep your PCs well supported by delivering ongoing…

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Windows Live Essentials on Microsoft Update

Hi All,   As you may have heard, Windows Live Essentials 2011 has been released. It will be available through Windows Update (WU) in the coming weeks, starting October 19th. This software upgrade will only be offered to users who have enabled updating through the Microsoft Update service. For more information about Windows Live Essentials…

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Windows Vista RTM and Windows XP SP2 End of Support

Hi All, Here’s a reminder for people running Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista RTM or SP1. Service packs are important for many reasons. They are a rollup of previously released Windows updates, and they typically contain software improvements that aren’t released in a stand-alone update. Service Packs are a part of Microsoft’s support policy….

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Reminder on upcoming update for Windows Update

Hi All,   Just a reminder, we are starting the Windows Update and Microsoft Update service upgrades today. The service upgrade will include updates to the online update services and the Windows Update (or Automatic Updates on XP) client code installed on your computer. As explained in our previous post, the upgrade will take several…

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