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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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Understanding the ‘Local Downloader’ in BatchPatch ‘Cached Mode’ and ‘Offline Mode’

One of the questions we receive sometimes is about the local downloader. While using BatchPatch ‘cached mode’ and/or ‘offline mode’ to download and install Windows updates on target computers, it can appear sometimes that everything is queued unnecessarily. One row will be executing the local downloader while other rows sit in a queued state, apparently […]

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Remotely Upgrading Windows 10 to the ‘Creators Update’ version 1703 (or to the ‘Anniversary Update’ version 1607)

At the time of this writing Microsoft does not currently enable/allow remote silent deployment of Windows 10 feature upgrades (like the ‘Anniversary Update’ version 1607 or the ‘Creators Update’ version 1703) through the normal channel that BatchPatch uses to apply Windows updates. It’s true that if you use the normal Windows Update control panel interface […]

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Automate Windows Update Installations for Multiple Remote Computers

One of the common reasons that IT administrators use BatchPatch is to help automate processes, which in turn leads to less time spent dealing with patch management. As any patching administrator has seen before, there are times when installing Windows updates on a computer and then rebooting the computer seems to only lead to more […]

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Windows Patch Management Made Easy

We’re biased, of course, but we really do believe that you’re not going to find a better value than BatchPatch when it comes to patch management applications for Windows. With BatchPatch you get a very streamlined application without the clunkiness that so many modern software packages deliver… you get a lot of features and functionality […]

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Batch Install Windows Updates

No doubt you have arrived here because you need or want to install Windows Updates on a batch of computers, and you want to do it as quickly and painlessly as possible. You’ve come to the right place. After all, we didn’t name the software ‘BatchPatch’ for no reason! BatchPatch enables the administrator to perform […]

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