Something BETTER than WUMT: Meet WUMgr!!

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    Something BETTER than WUMT: Meet WUMgr!!

    Spent a very enjoyable half-hour on Skype with the developer of Windows Update Manager (WUMgr) this morning. Based in Vienna, David Xanatos is bilingual in German and English, and has created a worthy replacement for or alternative to the now-aging Windows Update Mini Tool (WUMT). Why should you consider using this tool instead?
    1. It's open source and can be maintained by the community. The code is in C#, built in Visual Studio, and provides better handling of .COM objects and elements (WUMT is in C/C++, and requires code wrappers to access and manipulated .COM objects). Xanatos sounds pretty committed to keeping the tool updated on an ongoing basis.
    2. If offers controls to turn off Windows Update automation, and supplant it with carefully controlled manual user action.
    3. It restores Windows former ability to present users with a download list, and let them pick what they want to download and update.

    The easy download is from MajorGeeks, where the most current 0.8 version is available: Download WuMgr - MajorGeeks. Or visit the developer's GitHub page, and use the download button to grab the ZIP version. It runs as a portable app standalone, and requires no dlls, ini files, or whathaveyou. Works great from a USB Flash drive (I've tried that usage scenario myself).


    Look at these WU controls:
    Something BETTER than WUMT: Meet WUMgr!!-wumgr-updates.jpg
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  2. Posts : 204
    Windows 10 Home x64

    Thanks for the info.
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  3. Posts : 1,523
    Win10 Pro

    Thanks Ed
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  4. Posts : 7,606
    Windows 10 Home 20H2

    EdTittel said:
    2. If offers controls to turn off Windows Update automation
    I guess you are referring to the option "Disable Automatic Update".
    How do it prevent Windows Update from turning itself back on after an update has been installed?
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  5. Posts : 17,011
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170

    Thanks Ed.

    Is there an explanation of the various options such as those auto-update ones in your diagram?

    I have noticed one omission compared to WUMT. In WUMT hovering the cursor over a driver update's entry in the list brings up a screentip that includes the relevant HardwareID. This is extremely useful given WU's track record of pushing out incorrect driver updates.

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  6. Posts : 7,606
    Windows 10 Home 20H2

    Is it possible to add a new feature via which even a Windows 10 Home user like me will receive notification?
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  7. Posts : 43,183
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    That option exists in WU Minitool (bottom left), but I would expect it's now ineffective for Home users.
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  8. Posts : 7,606
    Windows 10 Home 20H2

    I tried it some time ago, but it did not work on my Windows 10 Home.
    I just selected "Notification" on WUMT, which has frozen now.
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  9. Posts : 43,183
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Exactly, it's a Pro upwards feature.
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  10. Posts : 7,606
    Windows 10 Home 20H2

    That is why I have to use VBScript for such a feature on my Home edition.
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