Talk:Windows Update

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Red links in the See also section are based on the following...[edit]

-- (talk) 08:13, 12 February 2010 (UTC)

The above patch is neither traceable from the microsoft website nor from my computer. Please bear in mind that this patch pop up onto my PC screen automatically-- (talk) 08:26, 12 February 2010 (UTC)

The following is a traceable one

-- (talk) 08:21, 12 February 2010 (UTC)

Where does Windows Update download its files to for each OS (Windows 95, Windows 98, XP, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Vista, Windows 7 etc...)[edit]

I know in most of the OS's it stores it to the C:\Windows\ directory if that is the installation directory of Windows, but I dont seem to find where it stores those downloaded files in Windows 7. Any clues to where it may be storing those in Windows 7? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:05, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

For Windows XP (all variants as far as I know), it is located in C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download. Although most updates are universal, there are many that are machine specific. I have compared a laptop and a desktop to verify this.--Imwithid (talk) 06:43, 22 January 2011 (UTC)

Windows 95?[edit]

Since Windows Update first began with Windows 98, Microsoft Internet Explorer is available for Windows 95, and that also means that is available for Windows 95. I've seen Windows 95's Windows Update? Should this be included with the article? From Me, WiiRocks566 19:04, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

IIRC there was no automatic update system for Win95. You could use IE3 or IE4 to access the WindowsUpdate website, but you were on your own as to what you should download. No clear indication of importance. No indication whether you already had the update (important if your Win95 came with an OEM Service Release). Better than nothing, but sucky. Not "notable" IMHO. When I upgraded to Win98SE I got a real update service. (talk) 16:57, 13 February 2011 (UTC)

Un-authorized update[edit]

There is some (old) news about Windows Update updating itself without users permission... is it worth to include? --SF007 (talk) 14:47, 15 October 2011 (UTC)


The number of update users has no meaning whatsoever without knowing how many possible update users there are. If the section is to have any value, it ought to report the number of updates and the number of CVE bugs fixed, as well as the number of bugs reported. Guess I prefer facts over marketing spin. Does WP have a Discloser requirement yet for contributing editors? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:15, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

Who can use it?[edit]

Who can use it, only microsoft? E.g. I get e.g. realtek updates too (but I don't get nvidea or canon updates) In window 7 Adobe-flash updates should come with windows updates too. --Lastwebpage (talk) 16:07, 1 June 2012 (UTC)

Windows Update is for Windows users, just for updating the Windows operating system and Internet Explorer. The operating system includes device drivers which have been provided to Microsoft by hardware manufacturers, such as Realtek and Intel, so that's why those updates are sometimes available. Although some Adobe products like Flash are made to integrate with Internet Explorer, they are not considered part of the operating system or Internet Explorer, so their updates are handled separately by Adobe.
Since the list of "software and components that aren't part of the operating system or Internet Explorer" is infinite, I don't know if the article can really be changed to explain this situation any better. —mjb (talk) 22:33, 1 June 2012 (UTC)

may wake up a computer automatically[edit]

Windows Update may wake up a computer automatically. This may happen to a laptop during transport, and cause untold damange.

  • "2007-09-13 03:00:11:521 408 f4c AU The machine was woken up by Windows Update
Great. Well, according the event logs, it ran for another 1 hour and 45 minutes or so before the battery got sufficiently low for it to go into hibernate. So, apparently, Windows Update woke my laptop, on battery, in my laptop bag to install updates. It didn’t even bother to suspend it after the fact (gee, thanks), leaving the system to keep running until either it ran out of battery or something broke due to running in a confined place with zero ventilation."

- (talk) 22:23, 31 January 2013 (UTC)