Monday, February 10, 2014

Windows 8 Update Notifier

Windows 8 does not alert users to new Windows Updates like previous versions of Windows. Some people like Windows to "be quiet" and not alert them to updates for various reasons and Microsoft decided to stop the alerts in Windows 8. For those of us who do rely on notifications to important Windows Updates this is a good free solution. Patch Tuesday is easy to forget about especially when we have never needed to remember it, until now.

Windows 8 Update Notifier Homepage
"Windows 8 do not offer a desktop notification about new available Windows Updates. You can choose the option "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download them" within the Windows Update Settings, but you will not be informed about new updates via a popup on the desktop (as it was in windows 7). Only on the logon screen you can see a hint in the bottom right corner."

Windows 8 Update Notifier does not install or run by default at startup so be sure to see the documentation page for install instructions and Screenshots if you prefer to have it running all of the time.

The instructions  tell you to place the WindowsUpdateNotifier.exe in your Startup folder located at:
  • C:\Users\{User Name}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
Simply Cut/Paste or Copy/Paste WindowsUpdateNotifier.exe from where you downloaded it to into the Windows Startup folder.

Newer versions of Windows 8 Update Notifier allows for Windows Defender updates to install automatically. When monthly Patch Tuesday updates are ready you will have to open Windows Update and download/install them manually.

Features- Is shown as a icon in the system tray
- Inform about updates via a popup
- Search for new updates every hour (by default)
- Open the windows update dialog by clicking the popup (or via the context menu)
- Disabling popup-notification temporarily (updates will be searched but no popup will be shown).
Can be useful for disabling notifications during presentations.
- If connection to the update-service can not be established, retry every 30 seconds. for 10 times.
- Four icons states: "searching", "updates found", "no updates available", "not connected"
- Settings dialog for changing update interval and configuring the app as auto startup.
- Select between two popup-styles: The Windows 7 Style and the Metro Style.
- Support for automatically installing Windows Defender updates

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