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#1 +warwagon

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 15:17

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Patch My PC


http://www.patchmypc.net/


http://www.patchmypc.net/PatchMyPC.exe



How Patch My PC Works.



Patch My PC Vs File Hippo


I was recently browsing the software section of Neowin and saw a free app called "Patch my PC". For the longest time I have been using a program called "Secunia". It was an OK program but once it found out of date applications went to automatically update them, the process seemed to take MUCH longer than it should. Would always say "Waiting for update to finish" for a few minutes even on something as simple as a flash update.

So I gave Patch My PC a try. As someone who has a lot of out of date machines come into my office, this one seems pretty nice. It's a self contained EXE which requires no install so it can be put on and run from a USB stick. It seems to find the updates fast. Once you click install, it downloads and automatically installs silently all the updates for all the applications that need updating. As far as a customers machine on your work bench, you click install and walk always, and it installs of the important software updates for you.

So download it and throw it into a VM and see what you think.

The /auto switch - This switch will allow the current logged user to see the Patch My PC GUI. The update process will started automatically. If browsers are open Patch My PC will notify user in the log textbox browsers need to be closed before updates can continue.

The /s switch - This switch will run Patch My PC in hidden in the background. If browsers are open it will recheck every ten seconds until browsers are closed then continue with the install.

The /update switch - This switch will run Windows updates automatically after third party updates. This can be used with the /auto or /s switch.

The /applyallcommon switch - This switch will install all the programs in the common list that aren't installed unless the program is marked as skipped.

Examples:

PatchMyPC.exe /s (Will run any needed common updates automatically with no graphical interface).
PatchMyPC.exe /auto (Will run any needed common updates automatically with a graphical interface).
PatchMyPC.exe /update (Will automatically run windows updates with graphical interface).
PatchMyPC.exe /s /update (Will run any needed common updates and then run Windows updates automatically with no graphical interface).
PatchMyPC.exe /auto /update(Will run any needed common updates and then run Windows updates automatically with a graphical interface).


*Update 12/2/2012*

One other nice thing about patchmypc that i've started using is it makes it really to install a handful of common applications after a clean install.

Open it and right click on all the applications you wish to install and select "Install / reinstall". The item will then turn red. Do that for every item you wish to install and then click the "Preform X number of updates" button. Then in 1 click all of the applications you selected will be downloaded and installed


#2 HawkMan

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 16:10

Yeah, I'd trust this as much as I trust the auto driver update programs, not at all. It's windows update or manual/programs own updater. Only way to go.

#3 Shaun N.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 16:12

Yeah, I'd trust this as much as I trust the auto driver update programs, not at all. It's windows update or manual/programs own updater. Only way to go.


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#4 manroweb

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 18:16

Looks good. I've used http://secunia.com/p...s/consumer/psi/ for sometime. V3 (beta) is excellent

#5 OP +warwagon

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:20

Looks good. I've used http://secunia.com/p...s/consumer/psi/ for sometime. V3 (beta) is excellent


ya I like the new UI of secunia v3 neta

#6 c.grz

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:39

Yeah, I'd trust this as much as I trust the auto driver update programs, not at all. It's windows update or manual/programs own updater. Only way to go.


Care to elaborate?

#7 Ned

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:39

Yeah, I'd trust this as much as I trust the auto driver update programs, not at all. It's windows update or manual/programs own updater. Only way to go.


I would plus one that as well but that thing is updating his 64 bit java install. That beats the programs own updater right there.

#8 Nashy

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:52

I've got something just like this. It's called Windows Update.

#9 Marshall

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:54

I've got something just like this. It's called Windows Update.


Since when does Windows Update download updates for programs like firefox, adobe flash and skype?

#10 farmeunit

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:58

Usually for updating stuff on someone else's computer, I use Ninite.com, but I thought about trying this when I saw it. Thanks for posting about your experience Warwagon!

#11 Nashy

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:59

Since when does Windows Update download updates for programs like firefox, adobe flash and skype?


You're right. Sorry.

Firefox does it for me. Flash does it for me. Skype does it for me.

Anyway, glad it works, just seems like another pointless program that will also need to be updated.

#12 dafin0

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:17

I'll give it a shot.


You're right. Sorry.

Firefox does it for me. Flash does it for me. Skype does it for me.

Anyway, glad it works, just seems like another pointless program that will also need to be updated.

tools like this can be usefull for computer techs who have to update multiple computer every day, its nice to be able to just tell a program to do it all for you.

#13 TheExperiment

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:21

Secunia PSI v2 did occasionally stall a lot for me. The v3 beta was good stuff when I tried it.

#14 OP +warwagon

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:22

I'll give it a shot.


Come back and report!

#15 c.grz

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:35

Well; it found a few programs that were out of date and updated them all except for Adobe Reader X. I ran the update through Adobe Reader and install was successful.