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Author Topic: Windows Update MiniTool - Alternative To Windows Update In Windows 10  (Read 1228 times)

IainB

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If this does as it says, then it could be well worth a look:    :Thmbsup:   :Thmbsup:   :Thmbsup:   :Thmbsup:   :Thmbsup:
Windows Update MiniTool: Alternative To Windows Update In Windows 10
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Windows Update MiniTool: Alternative To Windows Update In Windows 10
admin Published on Sep 26th, 2016

In Windows 10, Microsoft has removed the classic Windows Update section from Control Panel, making it a lot more difficult for users to control Windows Update.

The Windows Update section in Settings app offers little to no control over how updates are download and installed, particularly in Home edition of Windows 10.

While this will indirectly force Windows 10 users to automatically upgrade to the latest Windows 10 build and keep their system up-to-date, most users prefer to have control on Windows Update.

There are have been ways out there to completely disable Windows Update and pause Windows Update download but there is no concrete solution out there for Windows 10 Home users.

Windows update minitool for Windows 10    :Thmbsup:
Windows Update MiniTool is an alternative to Windows Update in Windows 10 Home and Pro editions. The Windows Update MiniTool helps you check for updates and install updates only that you want.

Additionally, you can view all installed updates, hidden updates and there is an option to view full update history as well.

Windows Update MiniTool features
As you can see in pictures, you can control how updates are downloaded and installed. You can choose either automatic, disable updates, notification mode (alerts when updates are available), download only (downloads but doesn’t install), scheduled and managed by administrator option to control how updates are downloaded and installed on your PC.

Windows update minitool for Windows 10 pic2

Besides that, like Windows Update in Settings app, it also allows you stop automatic update of device drivers in Windows 10. There is an offline mode, which you can use to install updates on a PC not connected to the internet.

Windows update minitool for Windows 10 pic1

Do you want to download Windows Update to install on another PC? You can do so using Windows Update MiniTool as it gives direct links to .cab, .exe and .psf update files. Select an update, click Copy link to clipboard button and then paste the URL in the address bar of a web browser to download the update.

For those who might be wondering, Windows Update MiniTool downloads updates right from Microsoft servers and saves them in C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\ Download directory.

Overall, Windows Update MiniTool provides all Windows Update controls in an easy-to-understand interface. The program is standalone, meaning no installation is required.    :Thmbsup:

Finally, if you like Windows Update MiniTool, there is another utility called Windows Update Integrator which makes it possible to catch Windows Update notification popup, meaning when you click on Windows Update desktop notification it opens up Windows Update MiniTool instead of Windows Update section of Settings app.    :Thmbsup:

A word of caution. Windows Update MiniTool requires Windows Update service to download updates from Microsoft. So if you have disabled Windows Update, please enable it.

Download Windows Update MiniTool

One suspects that Microsoft might feel obliged to try and kill this new thing.    ;)
« Last Edit: September 26, 2016, 09:17:38 AM by IainB »

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Re: Windows Update MiniTool - Alternative To Windows Update In Windows 10
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2016, 09:12:40 AM »
I have installed WUMT - dl from http://www.majorgeek...update_minitool.html
and WUMT Integrator - dl from https://drive.google...aF9XY1FjZEh4c1E/view

They work together seamlessly. Very nice. Ruddy brilliant actually.
It's also an indictment of Microsoft that some 3rd-party developers had to do this to work around Microsoft's clodhopping mistakes.

See interesting discussion thread here following a post by one of the developers of WUMT Integrator: https://forums.mydig...Tool-Integrator-v1-0
(You need to register to read the discussion and get the dl link.)
« Last Edit: September 27, 2016, 02:39:41 PM by IainB »

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Re: Windows Update MiniTool - Alternative To Windows Update In Windows 10
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2016, 09:09:00 PM »
@IainB: You need to point to the MajorGeeks WUMT page, the link you have for the download is session only and will result in 404.

http://www.majorgeek...update_minitool.html

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Re: Windows Update MiniTool - Alternative To Windows Update In Windows 10
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2016, 02:38:22 PM »
@IainB: You need to point to the MajorGeeks WUMT page, the link you have for the download is session only and will result in 404.
http://www.majorgeek...update_minitool.html
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Thanks, I have fixed it up now.

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Re: Windows Update MiniTool - Alternative To Windows Update In Windows 10
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2016, 03:03:44 AM »
Using WUMT, I have today managed to clear most of the backlog of updates that were queued up, having failed to complete update. Most of them were HP and Intel driver updates, but a couple were MS updates.
By a process of trial-and-error, I got them all to go though successfully, bar one: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. - Keyboard - Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard for HP Hotkey Support  (released in April 2014). It just will not complete an update.
The current driver is of 2006 vintage!    :o

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Re: Windows Update MiniTool - Alternative To Windows Update In Windows 10
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2016, 02:50:21 PM »
Just btw / for the record:
and this appears to be a solution for updating a windows machine without using winupdate:
WSUSoffline
http://www.wsusoffline.net/docs/

[disclaimer -- havent tried it -- got link via last supseruser link]

has a very reputable origin (german c't magazine website), saw it recommended on superuser. But havent tried it.
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Re: Windows Update MiniTool - Alternative To Windows Update In Windows 10
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2016, 04:26:32 AM »
How quick / slow is an update to spread around the world?

As an example, my PC just updated:

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Windows 10 Version 1607 (KB3194798)

but I am wondering, if 1607 is old news or new news?

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Re: Windows Update MiniTool - Alternative To Windows Update In Windows 10
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2016, 09:11:02 AM »
That is the anniversary update.  And they are staggering release.  It was started on August 2nd... sort of.  That was the official release date given, but some people had it before then.

https://support.micr...ws-10-update-history

http://www.zdnet.com...-anniversary-update/

https://en.wikipedia...s_10_version_history

And because of that, when you get it, you might be getting it with other updates that were found in the meantime.

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Re: Windows Update MiniTool - Alternative To Windows Update In Windows 10
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2016, 02:55:18 AM »
As an example, my PC just updated:
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Windows 10 Version 1607 (KB3194798)
That is the anniversary update.

I realize I should have searched for a build number:

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Windows 10 Pro, Version 1607, Build 14393.321

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Re: Windows Update MiniTool - Alternative To Windows Update In Windows 10
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2016, 11:54:09 AM »
Look at that wikipedia article linked above.  It has all of the builds there.

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Re: Windows Update MiniTool - Alternative To Windows Update In Windows 10
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2016, 01:09:48 PM »
Hmm. Interesting - today, WUMT was disabled (couldn't even start and gave no error message) on one of the laptops I use. I took a guess and got it to work again by the simple expedient of setting the properties in the associated .EXE files to Administrator. ...
I presume WUMT will probably be similarly disabled on the other laptops I use...

I wonder. This seems redolent of how, a few years back, Microsoft went through a phase of making ad hoc and unannounced changes to MS Messenger protocols, apparently with the sole purpose of frustrating Trillian users from being able to use MS Messenger via Trillian. The Trillian developers just kept patiently providing workarounds to each of the blocks as they were implemented. Eventually MS stopped the mucking about. It was moronic.
MS wasn't the only messenger service provider doing that, either - trying to block Trillian usage, I mean - though they were probably (seemed to be) the worst offenders.