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Windows 7: Windows Update Shortcut - Create in Windows 7


14 Aug 2009   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Windows Update Shortcut - Create in Windows 7

How to Create a "Windows Update" Shortcut in Windows 7


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19 Jan 2010   #10
cookiemonster

Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

Great right up but i foubnd a easyer way

If you click on all programs you shouild see Windows Update. Hold the Shift Key down and then right click on Windows Update you will see the Pin To Start Menu

If you dont see Windows Update type in Windows Update in the search filed and then do the above on Windows Update

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20 Jan 2010   #11
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Cookiemonster,

That's a great option if you just want to "Pin to Start Menu", but you would not be able to "Pin to taskbar" with the one from the Start Menu though.

Thank you for sharing,
Shawn
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20 Jan 2010   #12
cookiemonster

Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

Thats true
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28 Jan 2010   #13
Zaphire

Vista x32
 
 
Maybe an even better way of doing this!

I have noticed that a Windows Update shortcut pinned to the taskbar using cmd /c wuapp.exe momentarily pops up a command window on the screen.

While this doesn't really matter I think I have found an even more elegant way of making the pinnable shortcut.

Try C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe url.dll,FileProtocolHandler wuapp.exe in the shortcut.

As scytheer says (Pinnable Shortcuts by ~scytheer on deviantART) the use of rundll32.exe can stop multiple spawning of explorer.exe if that is in your shortcut or in this case the cmd.exe popping up.

I hope this helps.
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28 Jan 2010   #14
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Zaphire. Tutorial updated.
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09 Feb 2010   #15
gaz

Windows 7 X64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by charlieo View Post
Perfection through simplicity!

If you look at the blogs on this "issue" ..... I find it amazing that your solution was/is so simple. Works perfectly!

I also find it interesting that yesterday when I dragged "Windows Update" from the Start Menu to the desktop the resulting shortcut did not have the pin options, yet yours does. I have no idea what the difference is.

You might want to change the title of the tutorial to add "pinning" to the Start Menu as well as the Taskbar....... that's where I put it.

Thanks once again.

Charlie
you dont have to do this,just do this


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09 Feb 2010   #16
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Gaz,

True, either one will open Windows Update. However, using cmd.exe /c wuapp.exe instead will give you that quick flash of the command prompt first if you did not set to "run" Minimized under the Shorcut tab in it's properties page.
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10 Feb 2010   #17
gaz

Windows 7 X64 Bit
 
 
pin to task bar

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Gaz,

True, either one will open Windows Update. However, using cmd.exe /c wuapp.exe instead will give you that quick flash of the command prompt first if you did not set to "run" Minimized under the Shorcut tab in it's properties page.
your right brink and thanks,i wondered how to get rid of the CMD screen flash
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10 Feb 2010   #18
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

No problem Gaz. Thank you for adding it.
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11 Feb 2010   #19
silkfire

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Awesome solution, but does anyone know how to make the shortcut immediately look for updates when I open it?

Because there is a shortcut already in Windows 7 called "Check for updates", but it's unpinnable (a Control Panel item that one can see if you write "check" in the Start menu search field). This shortcut checks for updates as soon as the Windows Update app is shown.
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