Category Archives: Tutorials

BatchPatch Error -198: Failed to add scan package service. HRESULT -XXXXXXXXXX

When you’re running BatchPatch in offline mode, instead of performing the search for Windows Updates against a local WSUS or against Microsoft’s public Windows Update or Microsoft Update servers, BatchPatch utilizes the WsusScn2.cab file that Microsoft publishes each month in order to perform the offline scan for Windows Updates. The WsusScn2.cab is a large file […]

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BatchPatch Job Queue Branching Based on DateTime or Number of Iterations

In the most recent release of BatchPatch (August 2021), we added some new special items to the Job Queue that will give you more flexibility in your queues. If this step is executed X time(s), terminate queue If this step is executed X time(s), goto label:Y If this step is executed between DateTimeBEGIN and DateTimeEND, […]

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Can BatchPatch Be Used to Install Windows Updates through SCCM?

One of the questions we occasionally receive from SCCM users is can BatchPatch install/apply the Windows Updates that are currently being presented to a computer through SCCM? BatchPatch and SCCM? There are a couple things that you need to know… Windows Updates that are being offered to a computer to a computer through SCCM are […]

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Remotely Deploying Windows Feature Update Version 21H1 to Numerous Computers

Standard Deployment of Windows Feature Update 21H1 (and other feature updates/upgrades) with BatchPatch in Default/NON-Cached Mode Generally speaking, if you are using the April 2020 or newer release of BatchPatch, you can install Windows feature updates with the normal ‘Windows Update’ actions in BatchPatch, when running the application in standard, non-cached, mode. To do so, […]

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BatchPatch Tweaks And Tips You’ll Probably Never Need Or Use

OK, so the title to this posting is a bit jocular and misleading because I’m going to include some things in this posting that you will want to use if you don’t already know about them. 🙂 Middle-click tooltip: This is a MUST-USE feature that some users never discover. Every field in the BatchPatch grid […]

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How to Check if a Particular Software Application is Installed on Multiple Computers

One of the questions that we are sometimes asked is “How can I use BatchPatch to determine if a particular application is installed on target computers?” First, you should know that BatchPatch has a built-in action ‘Get list of installed programs‘, which you can find under ‘Actions > Get information > Get list of installed […]

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Using an Alternate WSUS Server for BatchPatch Windows Update Actions – Part 2

I recently wrote about how to use an alternate WSUS server with BatchPatch. That posting is long and contains a lot of information about the process. I recommend that you read through it to learn about how everything fits together with BatchPatch, WSUS, and Group Policy. However, today I’d like to just get straight into […]

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Using an Alternate WSUS Server for BatchPatch Windows Update Actions – Part 1

Currently BatchPatch provides you with three different options to choose from for ‘Server Selection’ in the BatchPatch settings window (‘Tools > Settings > Windows Update > Server Selection’) Default / Managed Windows Update Microsoft Update The ‘Server Selection’ field enables you to select which Windows Update source server target computers will use to perform their […]

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Error 1612 / 1621 : No application is associated with the specified file for this operation. Please make sure that C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll is a valid/accessible filepath. HRESULT: -2147467259

There is an edge-case bug that exists in the current version 20210407 of BatchPatch. We’ve had several reports of users encountering the error described in this posting. Error 1612 / 1621 : No application is associated with the specified file for this operation. Please make sure that C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll is a valid/accessible filepath. HRESULT: -2147467259 What’s […]

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Removing Orphaned PsExec Services from Target Computers

What’s the problem? Occasionally we will hear of a situation where PsExec is not able to properly clean itself up on target computers. Under normal circumstances when PsExec runs, it installs a service on the remote computer, temporarily, in order to run the desired application/script/command. Then when it completes the action, the service is removed. […]

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