Upcoming Update to Windows Update

Hi everyone,


I'd like to let you know that, beginning at the end of this month and continuing over the next few months, we’ll be rolling out an infrastructure update to the Windows Update agent (client).  I wanted to take this opportunity to provide some background on the update and discuss the value these updates bring to you. 


How Windows Update Keeps Itself Up-to-Date

Occasionally, we must update the infrastructure of Windows Update in order to ensure a high level of service quality, reliability, and operation.  As part of this process, we update both the back-end infrastructure that supports the service as well as the client side code (i.e. the Windows Update agent, or client).


So what are we doing this time? Well, this particular update won’t really change the way the client looks or feels to you, but you may notice some improvements in the length of time it takes Windows Update to scan for updates and how quickly you’ll receive signature updates.  For example, in this update, we’ve invested heavily in reducing the amount of time it takes the Windows Update agent to scan to see if new updates are available.  In this case, we’ve seen some instances of the scan times on some machines decreasing almost 20 percent.


Settings 101

Before we dive into how Windows Update issues the infrastructure updates, let’s review some information about different changes you can make to your personal Windows Update settings.  We recommend that you install Important + Recommended updates (in Windows Vista) or High Priority updates (in Windows XP) automatically; these options are presented when you set up Windows.  After initial setup, if you would like to change your settings, go to the Windows Update application in Windows Vista or the Automatic Updates Control Panel in Windows XP.  There you can select from 4 settings:  (1) Automatically Download and Install; (2) Download Only (updates are downloaded but the user chooses whether and when to install them); (3) Check for Updates (no updates are downloaded and you’re notified that updates are available for download and install); and (4) Off.  See Figures 1 and 2 below.




    Figure 1: Windows Vista Windows Update Control Panel                  



 Figure2: Windows XP Automatic Updates Control Panel


What does this mean for you?


Anytime the Windows Update agent is turned on, Windows Update will take care of updating itself.  Windows Update is considered “on” when anything other than “Never check for updates” or “Turn off Automatic Updates” is selected.  What this means is that if you’ve selected “install updates automatically,” the update to the Windows Update client will install automatically.  You may also notice that Windows Update will also automatically download and install updates necessary for the Windows Update client to function properly if you’ve chosen a different setting, like setting 2 (“Automatically Download Updates”) or setting 3 (“Automatically Check for Updates”).  This is done in order to ensure that a system will continue to notify the user about available updates. 


The Windows Update client does not download or install infrastructure updates if the user has selected setting 4 (“Off”).  In other words, if a Windows Vista user selects “Never check for updates,”( or if a Windows XP user selects “Turn off Automatic Updates”), the user will not receive Windows Update client infrastructure updates unless they choose to manually install it from Windows Update.


Windows Update has been keeping itself up-to-date this way for many years, and while these infrastructure updates are important to maintain the quality of the Windows Update service, they aren’t that frequent (they usually occur about once a year).


Why does Windows Update need to self update?

You may be wondering why this process is different from other updates you’ve come to expect from Windows Update.  The reason Windows Update issues infrastructure updates in this way is to ensure that users are able to successfully check for updates and/or receive expected notifications.  If Windows Update wasn’t able to do this, it may cause some users to believe that they have all of the latest security updates even though there was no installation and/or notifications of updates. To avoid a false sense of security, the Windows Update client automatically checks for and installs any available infrastructure updates anytime a system uses the Windows Update service, independent of the settings for how it handles updates.


I hope this information was useful in helping you understand infrastructure updates, and that you have the time you need to prepare for the update. 


We continue to be confident in the value Windows Update offers.  For more information about infrastructure updates, please refer to KB946928.  If you’d like more information about Windows Update, and how the service works, please review the newly launched Windows Update information on windows.com.


We look forward to hearing your feedback.




Michelle Haven

Product Mgr., WIndows Update

Comments (53)
  1. Anonymous says:

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi all, We wanted to let you know that a new version of the Windows Update Agent is being released on

  3. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft Update Team announced that there will be an update to Windows Update Agent (Client) which will

  4. Anonymous says:

    (Por El Microsaurio) ¡Horror, espanto y desesperación!Dense una vuelta por este blog mantenido por el equipo de gente que hace Windows Update en Microsoft, y lean el texto posteado por Michelle Haven, Gerente de Producto Para Windows Update (ese es su

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi everyone, Over the next couple of months we’ll be rolling out another infrastructure update to the

  6. Anonymous says:

    The list is a little longer today because of not posting last week. Enjoy! Microsoft Advanced Windows

  7. Anonymous says:

    Très petit mois pour l’été : 4 bulletins seulement "importants". Suite aux prévisions

  8. Anonymous says:

    Kurzbeschreibung: Neue Version 7.1.6001.65 des Windows Update Clients für Microsoft Update, Windows Update und Auto Update. Aktuell: ja direkter Download der Standalone-Version – wird laut MU-Blog-Eintrag nach und nach auch über über Windows/Micr

  9. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft will release four security patches for its Windows, Exchange, and SQL products next Tuesday

  10. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft has announced it will upgrade Windows' update mechanism later this month, a warning that

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hi everyone, Over the next couple of months we’ll be rolling out another infrastructure update to the

  12. Anonymous says:

    windows update worked do not update our business updated version

  13. Anonymous says:

    Es gibt schon seltsame Zeitgenossen, die nach Jahren entdecken, wie Windows Update bzw. der Windows Update Agent ("die Windows Update-Software") funktioniert und daraus eine riesen Story zu machen versuchen. Ähm, vielleicht sollte ich zunächst einmal

  14. Anonymous says:

    It unfortunate you didn’t take the opportunity of XP SP3 / Vista SP1 to fix this obviously incorrect behaviour and regain users’ trust, especially after the contraversy this caused back in September.  As it is, you are still ignoring an explicit user instruction to "don’t download or install things on my machine without my permission".

    An available "Critical Security Update to Windows Update" message is no more or less likely to give a "false sense of security" than any other critical update.  It’s a poor explanation for a poor design decision, and all my machines have to rely on manual update checks until you actually respect your users’ choices.

  15. Anonymous says:

    The version of Windows Update Agent is v7.2.6001.784. Check if you have the above version which is so

  16. Anonymous says:

    I have windows vista sp1 and didnt receive the update yet, can i do something about it to change it?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Hi all, We wanted to let you know that a new version of the Windows Update Agent is being released on

  18. Anonymous says:

    I for one welcome the new changes

    well done WU Team

  19. Anonymous says:


    will this new client also fix the issue intruduced by one of the last client versions.

    If GPO is set "hide all access to Windows Update",

    users will get no more "system need to reboot"  message ?



  20. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for informing us this time. Am I correct in assuming this is also for Microsoft update as well?

    Also does this include an update to BITS?

  21. Anonymous says:

    As thingy said if I have told windows not to install ANY windows update then it shouldn’t to exceptions at all. I will be switching off automatic updates on all my machines and will resort to manually running this process at least then I know what is happening.

    Its seems despite the choice of different modes for Windows Update there are only really 2 on and off.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I use Outlook 2000 with Vista.  Windows update agent 7.2.6001.784 auto installed on 9-3-08.  It causes a problem with Contacts on Outlook, Windows Mail, and Windows Contacts.  I recently corrected the problem by uninstalling KB933928.

    Windows update agent 7.2.6001.784 can’t be uninstalled.  How do I get rid of it to correct the problem it is causing with my Contacts?


  23. Anonymous says:

    Try this link, worked for my fix.

  24. Anonymous says:

    I’ve updated my windows update is currently running very superior in terms of security and he would recommend that you use in terms of my

  25. Anonymous says:

    I notice Automatic Update frequently offers updates that were already installed, many times several months earlier, or longer. Is this intentional ? Do I need to change something ?

  26. Anonymous says:

    for the computer to update windows was very well received error could sometimes Thank you for your summer

  27. Anonymous says:

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  28. Anonymous says:

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  29. Anonymous says:

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  30. Anonymous says:

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  31. Anonymous says:

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  33. Anonymous says:

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  34. Anonymous says:

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  35. Anonymous says:

    Waiting for updates on this issue microsoft a thank you yours truly was wonderful expression in the picture

  36. Anonymous says:

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  37. Anonymous says:

    Really nice article. Can’t wait for the update

  38. Anonymous says:

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  43. Anonymous says:

    The WSUS Team announces that the Windows Update Agent (WUA), commonly known as the "WSUS Client" will see an update starting some time around the end of July. When WSUS clients attempt to contact WSUS servers or Microsoft’s equivalent Microsoft Update

  44. Anonymous says:

    Starting at the end of this month, Microsoft Update Product Team will be rolling out an update to the

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  46. Craig says:

    hopefully this will fix WSUS where some updates install sucessfully and others fail…

  47. discontent w/ MS BS says:

    No ms. haven, this is a flat-out lie on your part, unless you are simply clueless, not to be rude, but i have logs that show continued control by AGENT to bypass my choice of no updates, and to enforce my choice, i have removed system/trusted installer  of its ability to superceed MY choice by altering a file(s).

    AGENT then disables my dvd drive, i install older drive, AGENT then disables my wireless adapter, so i changed that too, AGENT then erases my bootmgr file, ok, as you can see, i am up and running (again).

    this last event is however different because AGENT was not able to install anything to erase my harddrive this time.    ok, i am getting closer to deMSing my MS OS.

    but in each case, the logs show AGENT disabling Admin/Guest accounts and changing passwords.

    you (MS) say it is illegal (by your actions) for me to use a emulator to play my PS2 on my PC, but PS says it is my choice if i actually own a PS2 (which i do).   you (MS) say that a virtual PC REQUIRES update(s) before it can be used (thats a lie).

    THIS IS WHAT updates are for, it is so you can enforce your "not compatible for this OS" blackmail on society and software manufacturersi have 3 OS discs that i've RIGHTFULLY paid for, xp pro, vista, 7.

    i am currently running 7, and if i was to purchase another machine, it would be a MAC, since you (MS) have forced a manufacturer of a pc-Mac to stop selling a machine you could not control.

    i have a non rewriteable netgear cd that windows 7 removed drivers out of.   i have hundreds of dollars of DAZ 3d related software that 7 conveniently erased.    the list goes on.

    By shear accident, i realized that Win 7 (a modified vista OS) can take a regular cd (not a R/W) and convert it to a live cd format to use like a flash drive.

    anyhow, with all said, i intend on de-microsofting my windows 7.

    so go ahead, hit me one more time, it helps me learn how to counter you better…

  48. discontent W/ MS BS says:


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  49. pissed off says:

    Greedy fn MIcrosoft waisting more of my precious time stopping me from going about my buissness on the computer and being stopped at every turn because THERES MICROSOFT WITH ITS GRUBBY GRAB FOR CASH STOPPING MY COMPUTER WORKING PROPERLY….A fukn gen….fUC. YOU mICROSOFT..IM GOING OPEN SOURCE….

  50. عاشق الامام المهدي عجل الله تعالى فرجه الشريف says:

    اخي الناشر ممكن تحويل المنشور من اللغه الانجليزيه الى اللغه العربيه .وشكرا

  51. Anonymous says:

    Where does the Windows Update Agent check for new updates if you’re on a corporate network? Does it contact the WSUS server?
    I have machines that are behind on the WUA and won’t update automagically.
    Any ideas how to troubleshoot this.
    Is there a way to force-update the WUA (I can’t seem to find a redistributable package for this anymore)

  52. Christine Loan says:

    Windows Vista 64 bit Service Pack 2 HP laptop I have tried for months to update Windows. Automatic updates have stopped since 1/31/16. Microsoft Security Essentials shows daily threats “potentially at risk”! What is going on here? I feel that this is illegal control of my computer.

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