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plencnerb
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Re: [WIN8] How do I make WU obey my settings and keep history?

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As promised, I went back and investigated my experience with Windows Update inside of Windows 8 Pro x64.

Be warned: Lots of pictures, and lots of reading here!

When I went through the install process, you of course get to a point where it asks if you want to take the "Express Options" or "Customize settings". I am someone who always likes to make sure I know what is going on, so I selected "Customize Settings". One of the many options that the install asks is below. I have added the bold to show the default option

Windows update options
Automatically install important and recommended updates
• Automatically install important updates
• Don't set up Windows Update (not recommended)

I choose the 3rd option, to not setup windows update at this time (during the install).

With the install of Windows 8 complete, we move on to how I configured Windows Update, complete with the options I selected, and the screens that I saw.

Picture #1 is what I see when I click on "Windows Update" from inside the control panel. Of note is the text "Find out more" indicated by the Red arrow. I'll touch more on that in a second.

I then click the text "Change Settings" that is on the left side of the screen, and I am presented with what is shown in Picture #2. Since I did not make a choice during the install of Windows 8, no choice is made here, and it is then asking me how I would like to set this up. Picture #3 lists the options that I have to choose from.

I go ahead and select the last option, "Never check for updates (not recommended)", and then check the box "Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates". My screen then looks like it does in Picture #4.

I then click the OK button, which returns me back to the screen shown in Picture #1. It is at this time that I click the blue text "Find out more".

Doing so opens up Internet Explorer 10 in desktop mode. The web page that I am presented with is shown in Picture #5.

I check the box "I agree to the Terms of Use for Microsoft Update." and then click the "Install" button.

Doing so kicks off the install of "Windows Update" to my system. It takes just a few seconds, and I am then presented with the what is shown in Picture #6.

Of note at this point is the fact that I do not see what you did. There is no mention of Windows 7, or clicking the start button. Mine does say the "Start Screen" at the top, as well as the screen containing the words "Swipe" and "tap", which are all new things inside of Windows 8.

Closing IE, I go back to the Windows Update screen, which is now in the process of checking my system to figure out what updates I'm missing. Instead of letting it finish, I click on the "Change Setting" button again. Now, as I showed in Picture #4, I already set the options how I want them.

However, I am now surprised and shocked by what I see for the options, and that is shown in Picture #7. Microsoft has updated my selection from "Never check for updates (not recommended)" to "Install updates automatically (recommended)". Also, a new check box is now present, and its checked: "Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows".

The additional box is OK, as that is what I installed. However, the fact that Microsoft changed how Windows Update will work on my system, and did not tell me, is the part that I'm not to happy about. Sure, its easy to change back (which I did), and now my screen looks like it does in Picture #8.

I did want to point that out to you, as you mentioned in your first post that you knew you changed the option for Windows Update, and how your updates would be installed on your system. Yet they were not working the way you had set them. This is probably why.

I know this same behavior happens inside of Windows 7 too, as my steps for setting up Windows Update are the same there as they are inside of Windows 8.

Finally, the last two pictures (#9 and #10) are just to show what updates I'm being offered.

Well, that's what I found out. Going by your screen shots, it looks like Dell messed something up in their image of Windows 8, as the windows update screen looks totally different then mine. It makes me wonder if you should try to acquire another source for Windows 8.

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Mele20
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That's a long tutorial and excellent! Thanks. Others with a problem should benefit from it also.

I figured out that the reason I was getting Windows 7 Microsoft Updates screen was because I was letting the Proxomitron filter the webpages and it is using a Win 7 User Agent String. So, I bypassed it and then clicked the "Learn more link" on Windows Update and then I got the Windows 8 page.

However, I declined to install it because Microsoft said it would change my settings for Windows Update to Automatic and it didn't say I could change it back and that really irritated me.

I also did not have the choices on the left like you show in screenshot 9. WU just wanted to install the updates. I don't know what I did just now but I finally got that screen that gives a link to the KB for each update. So, I let it install 2 important updates (but not three others that were just suggested). I checked it was still set to not install updates automatically. BUT when I checked Services, I found that WU, which I had DISABLED (along with BITS), was now ENABLED AND RUNNING. That's unacceptable. I'm still going to have to stop using Windows Defender (it was one of the two that I just got an update for) because I am not going to go through contortions like this every day to update Defender.

I'll not use WU at all. I'll get my patches from reading each KB. I take the Security Bulletin Notifications in email (of course, I get that in dslreports email which DOES NOT WORK ON WINDOWS 8 except on Opera...it doesn't work on Thunderbird or Sea Monkey mail and no one at this site has helped me figure out why and how to fix it - I have two threads in the Mail forum here with no help - funny thing is that SeaMonkey mail and Thunderbird use dslr smtp server to send but won't import my mail...but then a password is only required on import not on sending and dslr server rejects my password but when Opera mail is used the password is accepted by dslr mail server). I also can read the Security Bulletin thread in the Security forum here each month and get them through that.
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plencnerb
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said by Mele20:

I also did not have the choices on the left like you show in screenshot 9. WU just wanted to install the updates. I don't know what I did just now but I finally got that screen that gives a link to the KB for each update. So, I let it install 2 important updates (but not three others that were just suggested). I checked it was still set to not install updates automatically. BUT when I checked Services, I found that WU, which I had DISABLED (along with BITS), was now ENABLED AND RUNNING. That's unacceptable.

I did some research / testing with the two services you mention above: "Windows Update" and "BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service)".

The first thing I noticed is that anytime you make a change to how you want windows to install updates, if these are not set the way Windows wants them to be set, they will be set back.

Next, with them both disabled and not running, Windows Update won't work. Kind of a "DUH" moment there, as Windows Update requires both of these to be running.

Finally, if you do have both of these services not running, you won't get asked if you want to install Microsoft Update. That option does not even show up on the screen.

So, if you want to not use Windows Update, I would suggest the following steps (in this order) to disable it

1) Go into Windows Update, and modify the settings so it is set to "Never Check for Updates"
2) Stop and disable the Windows Update service
3) Stop and disable the BITS service.

Personally, I like Windows Update, as it makes for an easy way to check for, and install updates for Windows. However, there is nothing wrong with not using it, if you have other ways to keep track of, and install, the updates.

I also don't know what else the BITS service is used for. You may run into other issues or problems with it not running. I'm not really sure here, just a guess on my part.

Speaking of updates, today is Patch Tuesday! Like clockwork, Microsoft always releases the monthly patches on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

--Brian
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Mele20
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It appears to me that BITS on Win 8 doesn't have much to do with WU. On XP it does have to be enabled to use WU but not so on Win 8. I can use WU and even get those links on the left (still not sure how I got them though finally) with BITS still disabled.

I just downloaded each patch from Microsoft Download Center and saved them to disk. When I had all of them (already had installed latest Flash for plugin browsers and latest Java) I clicked on the first one to install it. I got an error message about the installer being disabled. I went to Services and started two Windows Installers that were set to "manual" and were not started. Then I tried again. I still got the error.

It appears that Microsoft Download Center is irrelevant as far as Win 8 goes because apparently one MUST enable Windows Update even to install patches obtained MANUALLY. I posted in the Security forum thread on Microsoft Security Bulletins for December and asked but it looks like we are forced to use WU unless you are lucky enough to still have XP.
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said by Mele20:

It appears to me that BITS on Win 8 doesn't have much to do with WU. On XP it does have to be enabled to use WU but not so on Win 8. I can use WU and even get those links on the left (still not sure how I got them though finally) with BITS still disabled. ...

You can find an explanation of BITS at About BITS (Windows) . Long story shortened, it appears that it provides download services for an ongoing download, even when the invoking application is exited. With something running in the background like WU under certain of its settings, that might become important.
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