Windows : Troubleshooting Automatic Updates

Windows : Troubleshooting Automatic Updates

Troubleshooting Automatic Updates, especially in version of Windows prior to Windows Server 2008, can be a bit of a pain.

Your first point of call should always be C:\Wndows\WindowsUpdate.log this log is invaluable in troubleshooting update issues.

You can trigger detection of updates using the command: wuauclt.exe /detectnow

You can trigger installation of updates using the command: wuauclt.exe /updatenow

Another useful command in a managed (WSUS) environment is: wuauclt.exe /resetauthorization /detectnow

If using WSUS you should also check the group you should also confirm the “target group” is correct. Search the log file mentioned above for “target group” to confirm this.