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How to Install the Latest Windows Update Agent

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Added by June 12, 2015

Working diligently to see if I can use the Get Windows 10 icon and applet on my Windows 7.1 Ultimate with SP1 system. Microsoft’s first recommendation is to make sure you have the latest updates. Ran the updater and it indicated that I am current. Just a little digging and I became suspicious. My latest update was a few months ago.

Apparently there was an update to the Windows Updater and I missed it. Or it was blocked by the corporate update filters.

How to overcome this? Manually update the Windows updater


To find the most appropriate version for you operating system, Microsoft Support offers “How to update the Windows Update Agent to the Latest Version” (kb949104) [}.

The site offers Windows Updaters for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and a Fix it tool for making sure that Windows update is run automatically on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.


This will launch


Which in turns runs an automated troubleshooter designed to identify and apply fixes for generic update settings and issues.


And you want this result…


Why would you do this???

Well, the free Get Windows 10 offer will not currently work unless you have the latest Windows updates. AND apparently have automatic update turned on. If you are testing the Windows 10 install process in preparation for the July 29th release, you will need both.

If you need information on an Update Installer for an older operating system like XP, Server 2003, or Vista, read the Windows Installer 4.5 documentation (kb942288) [].

As a secondary update element, you may need to assure that the GWXUX.exe update deployed in May 2015 was also accepted and run on your local system. This update enables Windows 7 with SP1 and Windows 8 to accept the Get Windows 10 tool once deployed. I will touch on this update in a separate blog.

I am still not seeing the Get Windows 10 icon, so on to the next step for me.

I hope to see you in the classroom, or online!

Steven Fullmer
Interface Technical Training Staff Instructor

For more Windows 10 articles, see the following posts from Interface Technical Training:

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