Thursday, December 13, 2007

Fixing the Automatic Updates Service

Sometimes I suspect that my users have maliciously found a way to avoid having to deal with Restart prompts by sabotaging the Automatic Updates service. On some of the machines I keep running into errors when trying to start the Automatic Updates service. The solution I found on Microsoft's site at:

Basically you can make a batch file to run on the client machine. I dump it on their c:\ drive and then use Dameware to open a remote command prompt on the client and run the batch file directly. Alternately you could tell the user to run it or put it into a logon script temporarily.

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