ToolTip: Windows 8 Update Notifier

With the introduction of Windows 7 Microsoft started to pay attention to remove unnecessary noise from the Windows Desktop meaning reducing the number of system notification balloons. For details read the Action Center blog post on the Engineering Windows 7 blog. As you can see from the screenshot below, in Windows 7 the user can still receive notification messages about available Windows Updates. But in Windows 8 this option has disappeared, meaning that in Windows Read More …

How to prevent pending updates from installing when shutting down Windows

The meeting should have finished since 10 minutes but they keep on talking, you look at your watch and notice that you only have a few minutes until you need to leave the office so that you catch your train. Finally the call ended and you shutdown your machine, but then you get that message “Please do not power off or unplug your machine. Installing update 1 of 5”. Great, that train is probably going Read More …

ToolTip: CBS Package Inspector

CBS Package Inspector (Package Inspector) is a GUI tool that allows you to open up a Component Based Servicing (CBS) package and view and examine its manifests. In simple words, with this utility you can open and view the content of Microsoft Security Update and QFE packages provided as MUS or a CAB file. This tool becomes handy when you need to take a closer look what files or registry settings an update applies.   The Read More …

Windows 7 Device Installation Without Administrative Rights

This year I have had the opportunity to speak with many customers about Windows 7. One topic that came up in almost every discussion was about how mobile users can install their local devices without having to grant them local administrator rights. With previous versions of Windows (NT 4, Windows 2000 and XP) many companies ended up in granting their mobile users local administrator or power user rights, just because they needed to have the Read More …

Troubleshooting Windows Update

Issues with installing Windows Updates? Then have a look at the following Microsoft Support Articles: KB971058 How do I reset Windows Update components? KB947821 Description of the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista, for Windows Server 2008, for Windows 7, and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Hide the Unused Updates

When opening Windows Update, you might see a number of Important and optional updates that are available to your system. But what to do if you are not interested in installing one of these updates? Over time the list will keep growing as new updates will be released and it becomes quite an annoying job to go over the entire list over and over again. When you click on the “optional updates are available” link, Read More …

Windows Update Explained

Just found a document called Windows Update Explained on the Microsoft Update Team Blog.  The document provides a good insight on how Windows Update works.