Category Archives: General

BatchPatch and the Windows Update Control Panel Report a Different Number of Available Updates

Why does BatchPatch sometimes report a different number of available updates when compared to what is being reported by the control panel Windows Update interface on the target computer? This might be the most common question we receive from BatchPatch users. Today I’m going to explain all of the possible reasons why this might occur. […]

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Understanding the ‘Special’ Items in the BatchPatch Job Queue

The BatchPatch Job Queue has a number of “special” items that you can use to control the behavior of the queue. You can see these options in the screenshots below. Today I’m going to explain each of these special actions.

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The Windows Update Control Panel in Windows 10/2016 is Not Up To Date After Using BatchPatch To Install Updates

After you install updates with BatchPatch (or with any third-party tool or script) you might notice that if you then look at the Windows Update control panel GUI on a Windows 10 or Windows 2016 target computer that it will not usually be up to date. Instead it will display stale, cached search results that […]

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Remotely Apply Windows Updates from a Local WSUS Server to Multiple Computers

Today we’re going to take it back to the basics and review some of the core functionality that BatchPatch offers. Specifically we’re going to look at how you can use BatchPatch to download and install Windows Updates on numerous target computers, simultaneously, when those computers are configured to receive updates from a local WSUS server. […]

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Troubleshooting Errors 1611: 64 , 1620: 64 , 1611: 2250 , 1620: 2250

The following errors are probably some of the least common errors that BatchPatch users encounter, but they can also be the most difficult to understand and troubleshoot, so I want to take some time today to address them. Error 1611: 64. Failure Error 1620: 64. Failure Error 1611: 2250. Failure Error 1620: 2250. Failure Generally […]

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Deciphering “Dual Scan” Behavior in Windows 10

A few weeks ago I wrote about the relatively new “feature” from Microsoft that they are calling “Dual Scan.” You can (and should) read more about that here so that you understand, in detail, what they have done: “Dual Scan” Difficulties with Windows Update on Windows 10 versions 1607 ‘Anniversary update’ and 1703 ‘Creators update’. […]

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Creating Multiple Scheduled Tasks for a Single Computer

In BatchPatch sometimes you need to be able to schedule more than one task for a given computer or group of computers. There are a couple of ways to do this. Multiple Tasks Scheduler If you need to schedule multiple tasks to run at different days/times for a single computer, and if you do not […]

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Remotely Starting and Stopping Services on Numerous Computers

Today’s posting is going to be pretty quick. Every systems administrator at one time or another has needed to stop, start, or restart a service on numerous remote computers quickly and painlessly. I’m sure many of you have spent the time to write scripts that do this kind of thing, but even in those cases […]

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“Dual Scan” Difficulties with Windows Update on Windows 10 versions 1607 ‘Anniversary update’ and 1703 ‘Creators update’

There is new required reading from Microsoft for all systems administrators who are managing Windows Updates in their organizations. We *strongly* recommend that all of you carefully read the following two articles so that you are aware of this new (and unexpected) behavior of the Windows Update client: Demystifying “Dual Scan” Improving Dual Scan on […]

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Some of the “Fun” Features You Didn’t Know About in BatchPatch

Custom Row Selection Color: You are probably already aware of the fact that you can modify the row selection color in BatchPatch. To do this you would select ‘Tools > Row selection color…’ or you could click on the color palette image in the menu strip. However, what you might not be aware of is […]

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