Category Archives: General

Deploying a Registry Key / Value to HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKCU) or All Users in HKEY_USERS (HKU)

A question that comes up periodically is “How can I deploy a registry key or value to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKCU) hive of the registry on a target computer or group of computers?” If you were to follow the tutorial at this link to deploy a .reg file to target computers, you might have unexpected results […]

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Copying Files from Target Computers to the Local BatchPatch Computer

Occasionally someone asks how they can use BatchPatch to copy files from target computers back to the BatchPatch computer. While BatchPatch has a built-in function for copying files to target computers, it does not have a built-in function for copying files from target computers back to the local BatchPatch computer. Fortunately even when an action […]

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BatchPatch Service Stuck Starting?

When you want or need to have BatchPatch execute scheduled tasks even if the BatchPatch computer is not logged-on and/or you have not launched BatchPatch, the BatchPatch ‘run-as-service’ feature enables you to install BatchPatch to run as a service. You can then run any grids in this service instance so that the scheduled tasks defined […]

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Online Cached Mode Fails to Download Update: Illegal characters in path. HRESULT: -2146233079

For those of you using BatchPatch in online cached mode… Starting with Windows 10/2016 version 1709 you might start seeing these two errors occur together in the ‘Local Agent Log’ column: An exception occurred during a WebClient request.. HRESULT: -2146233079 Failed: Illegal characters in path. The Problem: Starting with Windows 10/2016 build 1709 Microsoft began […]

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Remotely Deploying Windows Feature Update Version 1809 (the ‘October 2018 Update’)

In order to use BatchPatch to deploy Windows 10 feature update 1809, please follow the method outlined below. The normal Windows Update actions in BatchPatch are not sufficient for installing the feature updates to Windows 10. Also note just for the sake of clarity that even though these are considered Windows 10 feature updates, the […]

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Windows Update for Offline Computers and Disconnected Networks

It’s becoming increasingly common for companies and organizations to segregate at least some of their servers (and even non-server computers sometimes too) so that they don’t have any internet access. The goal in eliminating internet access for computers is virtually always to increase security by decreasing the attack surface or vector. However, while it’s true […]

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Configuring Per-Grid Windows Update Filter Exclusions Using Row Templates in BatchPatch

One of the topics that I have written about in the past is how you can configure filters in BatchPatch to prevent certain categories of updates from installing, or so that you can exclude particular individual updates from being installed on target computers. Those postings are here: Filter Which Available Updates Are Included Or Excluded […]

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Get Adobe Flash Version Number from Multiple Computers

We recently received the following questions: “How can one tell if Adobe Flash is installed on numerous target computers? If it’s installed, what’s the best way to determine which version is on each target?” Today I’m going to demonstrate one possible way to get the desired information, but there are probably other equally viable methods, […]

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Explanation of ‘Get Pending Reboot Status’ Actions in BatchPatch

Windows does not offer/provide a sanctioned, singular way to determine with certainty if a computer is in need of a reboot. However, Windows does mark in several places in the OS values that can be used to infer that a reboot is required to complete certain operations. When using one of the ‘Get pending reboot […]

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Windows Update Options for Reboot Timing and Behavior

One of the questions that people sometimes ask us is can BatchPatch initiate the Windows Update download/installation on target computers *without* also triggering an immediate reboot of those computers? The short answer is yes. The longer answer is that controlling the behavior in BatchPatch is very straightforward and simple, but the behavior of BatchPatch isn’t […]

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