USOCLIENT Documentation & Switches

If you are trying to manage Windows Updates on a Windows 10 or Server 2016 / 2019 computer you have no doubt already figured out that WUAUCLT no longer functions.  We are not sure why Microsoft has done this because the only replacement we can find is a new undocumented tool named USOCLIENT that is built into Windows 10 and Server 2016/19 at C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\USOClient.exe. We say undocumented and mean it.  Microsoft has made no information…

SOLVED: Easily Script Windows 10 to Download, Install and Restart For Windows Updates

Microsoft certainly has been making patching Windows 10 PC’s difficult these days but after some significant effort, I have found a simple combination of commands and one free tool does the trick. The command in question is an undocumented program inside Windows 10 named C:\Windows\System32\USOClient.exe  This program manages Windows Updates much like the old wuauclt used to: Launch a CMD prompt or PowerShell AS AN ADMINISTRATOR Type USOClient.exe ScanInstallWait  You would expect that command to download and install…

SOLVED: Windows Update Stuck at 0% Downloading When Using WSUS

If you have a Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server and you find some of the PC’s on your network are showing updates stuck at 0% Downloading, the problem may be with the WSUS server. After performing all the usual fixes for WSUS (restarting WSUS and BITS services, reboot, SERVER CLEANUP WIZARD, scripts to fix WSUS SQL…), I called Microsoft Tech Support and worked with “Neha B.”.  We found that the WSUS server had a…

SOLVED: What Does Error 0x80244022 Mean in Windows Update

When you see error 0x80244022 in Windows update or in the Windows Update log, it relates to a networking error. If you are using WSUS, it could be an indication that the IIS AppPool running your WSUS has stopped and needs to be started: Start IIS Manager Expand APPLICATION POOLS If WSUSPOOL is stopped, right click on it and select START  

SOLVED: Fast Fix Stuck Update – Searching For Updates On This Computer

Normally when you have a problem with Windows Update there are two processes you should go through: Download and install the Update manually (rather than relying on the Windows Update GUI) Reset your Windows Update: Launch SERVICES.MSC, and STOP both “WINDOWS UPDATE” and “BACKGROUND INTELLIGENT TRANSFER SERVICE” then set them to DISABLED Delete all files and folders in C:\windows\softwaredistribution Launch SERVICES.MSC, and set the following to AUTOMATIC startup “WINDOWS UPDATE” and “BACKGROUND INTELLIGENT TRANSFER SERVICE”…

SOLVED: SIMPLE PowerShell Script To Download & Install Windows Updates Then Reboot If Necessary

I have been trying to get a simple CMD script or PowerShell or even a utility to get Windows 10 to download and install Windows Updates for about a year.  It has not gone well. Note that Angus Briggs at PDQ support told me about a very simple PowerShell command that will kick off Windows Update and download the files, but it will not install them or check for a reboot: (New-Object -ComObject Microsoft.Update.AutoUpdate).DetectNow() Also note that following…

SOLVED: How To Patch Office365 Office 2016

UPDATE JANUARY 2020: SOLVED: Setup Office365ProPlus To Using Windows 10 Delivery Optimization ____________ There are three ways to patch Office 2016 from Office365 : Automatically from Microsoft through their “Content Delivery Network” (default) Using a distribution point that you update periodically Using System Center that pulls its updates from the Microsoft Content Network What you can’t do is control Office365 updates through WSUS.  Wait a minute, you say you saw a WSUS category named OFFICE365 CLIENT…

SOLVED: The Complete List Of How To Fix Windows Update Errors, Like 0x800F0922

If you have errors in Windows Update you know how frustrating it can be trying to find solution.  The ‘We couldn’t complete the updates. Undoing changes’ message is not particularly helpful. Below is a list of fixes for Windows Update problems in order from easiest to most difficult: Reboot your PC Don’t just log off Use the Windows Update Troubleshooter Click on the START button and type TROUBLE Select TROUBLESHOOTING Select FIX PROBLEMS WITH WINDOWS UPDATE (in the…

SOLVED: Windows Update Failed with Error 80243004

After running SFC/ SCANNOW, performing a clean boot and about a dozen other standard IT tricks, I found a blog that nailed the issue.  It had to do with the Notification Area… yes, I know that sounds stupid but that is what it was and later I found MS documentation to back it up.  Apparently if the Windows Update icon can not popup in the Notification Area, Windows Update won’t. Solution: Right click the START BUTTON…