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    I believe the advice has been that for those of us who use wushowhide to handle windows updates we should always uncheck “apply repairs automatically”.   Two questions: why is that recommended, and what does wush do differently if it allowed to apply automatically versus just waiting for me to click later to make it happen

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    • #2496504

      wushowhide is a troubleshooter as well as a Windows update enumerator.
      All you are looking for is the Windows update enumerator function, not the troubleshoot/fix part.
      I believe that is why “apply repairs automatically” should be unchecked.

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      • #2496529

        I”m not sure I understand so let me explain how I use wush.  I start it and give it admin privs, and I get to the “show or hide updates”, with the advanced checkbox.  When I click “next” it says “detecting problems”.  I’ve never known what “problems” it is looking for and the next screen had the “show updates” and “hide updates”   If I click on one I get my list of hidden updates [to show] or shown updates [to hide].  I click on one and get a list of updates with checkboxes next to them.  I select some and click on “next”.   If I have the auto-apply box unchecked the next screen lists the updates I had checked and when I click “next” it says “resolving problems” and then after a surprisingly long time [spent I expect talking microsoft’s update servers].  Then “verifying fix”.  another long wait. Then “Troubleshooting has completed” and it lists each update I had checked and just says “fixed”.

        If I do the same but don’t uncheck the “auto fix” box, is identical except that it doesn’t list the updates and give me a “next” box — it just goes directly to the “Resolving problems” window and it finishes exactly as in the other case.

        It *seems* that the only difference is that by unchecking the apply repairs box is that you have one extra step in getting the updates shown or hidden.    Am I missing something?



        • #2496535

          Perhaps it’s had nothing to repair…..yet.
          If it does, would you want it to do it automatically? Or would you want to have a say in the matter.
          How long does that step take?
          I always uncheck it.

          • #2496538

            Ah, OK — I have no idea what “repairs” it is able to do, since in all the years I’ve used it, twice a month :o), it has always gone exactly as I described.

            A slightly related question, though: what sorts of “repairs” other than showing or hiding windows updates is it able to do?  i guess the “diagcab” means it is more than just a shower and hider, but can actually do some sorts of diagnosis and repairs.

            I guess better safe than sorry.    Thanks …

            • #2498079

              wushowhide is a .diagcab file which means it’s a Windows troubleshooter. The “repairing”, “fixing” verbiage is generic as the GUI is similar for other troubleshooters. It can be easily and effectively used by unchecking automatically fix errors (a quick double tap of the space bar followed by Return will skip past this) and selecting the relevant updates.

              In other troubleshooters for other Windows issues, instead the updates you would see ‘fixes’ recommended based on the troubleshooter wizard’s diagnosis. So in wushowhide the updates being treated as issues and needing to be fixed is as I said, just generic, boilerplate troubleshooter language.

    • #2496555

      I guess better safe than sorry

      Make a regular backup and don’t repair unless you have a problem is the safe way.  🙂

      cheers, Paul

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