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Windows Update

 

General Information

Automatic Updates still requires <strong >Windows Update, Cryptographic Services, Background Intelligent Transfer Service, and Windows Event Log to be running. Place all four in automatic if you do not wish to update manually. In addition, I recommend that you change the default time of 3 AM, for the automatic checking of updates, to a time when the system is “normally” on. Otherwise, Windows Update will check upon boot which may slow down the boot process.

Windows 8

Default Description

Enables the detection, download, and installation of updates for Windows and other programs. If this service is disabled, users of this computer will not be able to use Windows Update or its automatic updating feature, and programs will not be able to use the Windows Update Agent (WUA) API.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0
Windows 8 x86 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 x64 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 Pro x86 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 Pro x64 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 Manual (Trigger Start)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): wuauserv
Display Name: Windows Update

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

Note: No dependencies are listed for any service in the WDP build I used to draft this information.

Windows 7

Default Description

Enables the detection, download, and installation of updates for Windows and other programs. If this service is disabled, users of this computer will not be able to use Windows Update or its automatic updating feature, and programs will not be able to use the Windows Update Agent (WUA) API.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1
Windows 7 Starter Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 7 Home Basic Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 7 Home Premium Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 7 Professional Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 7 Ultimate Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 7 Enterprise Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): wuauserv
Display Name: Windows Update

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

What service Windows Update needs to function properly:

What other service require Windows Update to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

Windows Vista

Default Description

Enables the detection, download, and installation of updates for Windows and other programs. If this service is disabled, users of this computer will not be able to use Windows Update or its automatic updating feature, and programs will not be able to use the Windows Update Agent (WUA) API.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
Vista Home Basic Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Vista Home Premium Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Vista Business Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Vista Ultimate Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Vista Enterprise Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): wuauserv
Display Name: Windows Update

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Windows Update needs to function properly:

What other service require Windows Update to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

Additional Reading

None at this time.