Microsoft planning updated UI for Windows Update

Beginning next month Microsoft will start an upgrade to the Windows Update and Microsoft Update services.

Microsoft plans to start the infrastructure update in late August, claiming "it will take a couple of months to complete the rollout." The update is required to "maintain and improve service quality, reliability, and operations." The update will simply improve the user interface for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 computers running Windows Update, adding a more visible and detailed description of updates as well as improvements in how users are notified about service packs.

If you currently apply your updates automatically then this update will not modify the look and feel of Automatic Updates. The infrastructure update will be automatically applied for those who have Automatic Updates enabled. For those who have selected "never check for updates" this update will not be applied.

The last update for Windows Update occurred in November 2008. For more information on Windows Update please visit the Microsoft Update Team Blog.

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hotdog963al said,
At first glance I thought it said "planning updated UI via Windows Update", I was happy, and then I read it again.

sounds like you were reading what you wanted to read.

I have a bad feeling about this. Don't screw it up by trying to make it pretty. Make it faster and give us more than a snippet of what the update is and I'll be happy.

About that rebooting, I remember when they were announcing XP, they said that you want have to restart your PC for driver installing or updates .... Now even with win7 you have to restart.

It will improve the user interface for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 computers running Windows Update

Doesn't seem like a major upgrade according to the article.

changing the Windows Update UI like in Windows 7 to show the description of every update is a must for Vista...

right-clicking and selecting details is annoying when they are more than a few...

is 45 seconds out of someones life life every month really that annoying, or is it just something that is hip to complain about?

Skin said,
is 45 seconds out of someones life life every month really that annoying, or is it just something that is hip to complain about?

or perhaps its the time for eveything to load up again or the time it takes to open up all our programs, webpages and documents again.
Some of us do more than just admire the wallpaper.

Quigley Guy said,
or perhaps its the time for eveything to load up again or the time it takes to open up all our programs, webpages and documents again.
Some of us do more than just admire the wallpaper.


Then why not save the update install for when you shut down? Leaving your programs open when your not at your office is not the smartest thing to do.

majortom1981 said,
Then why not save the update install for when you shut down? Leaving your programs open when your not at your office is not the smartest thing to do.

Er, at what point did he specify "office"?

Skin said,
is 45 seconds out of someones life life every month really that annoying, or is it just something that is hip to complain about?

Well, I'm not in IT and don't know of a way to fix this problem... however, we have several "testing" computers and a computer dedicated to the microscope. Seems like everytime I sit down to use any of these computers a nag screen pops up saying that the system needs to reboot. Yes it is very ****ing annoying. ****ing annoying.

There's always time to reboot. It's only annoying when people delay for so long that updates stack on top of each other causing multiple reboots in a row.

ZeroHour said,
Yeh but it would be nice if it resumed where you were kinda like firefox with tabs.

Vista has the hooks in it to notify programs when a shutdown is occurring and allow them to set themselves back up after reboot. I don't know about anyone else, but this works fine for me for Office and IE, doesn't seem like other programs take advantage of it though.

Shadrack said,
Well, I'm not in IT and don't know of a way to fix this problem... however, we have several "testing" computers and a computer dedicated to the microscope. Seems like everytime I sit down to use any of these computers a nag screen pops up saying that the system needs to reboot. Yes it is very ****ing annoying. ****ing annoying.


I used to just put an auto-restart item in every computer's scheduled items list for about 4 AM, and set the auto updates for 11 PM or so. Any updates would be applied, then the computer would auto restart, whether or not the update forced one.

Shadrack said,
Well, I'm not in IT and don't know of a way to fix this problem... however, we have several "testing" computers and a computer dedicated to the microscope. Seems like everytime I sit down to use any of these computers a nag screen pops up saying that the system needs to reboot. Yes it is very ****ing annoying. ****ing annoying.

Sounds like you need an anger management class if you can get so ****ing annoyed just from doing a lousy reboot of a computer. Heck, you're at work anyway. Don't you get paid by the hour?!!

Anyone that can complain about doing a stupid reboot after updating is nothign but a whine a**!! Get real, people!!

majortom1981 said,

Then why not save the update install for when you shut down? Leaving your programs open when your not at your office is not the smartest thing to do.


Ever heard of hibernation?
I never shut down windows, only my computer. When i boot it up again it is in the exact same state as when i left it, just as i want. It's not the boot-time i'm concerned about, it's opening up my applications, logging into IM-services, resuming media playlist etc and getting back to my workflow.
Shutting down programs you will most certainly use again soon is not the smartest thing to do.

Intelman said,
They really need to reduce reboots...

Yea, it's quite often.

I remember a story from a while ago about a Microsoft developer who despised rebooting for updates. I think he left for break during Vista's development and was furious because Vista required so many reboots after updating. I'm sure it was part of his job to reduce that problem but because he was on a break it never got designed out. As Windows 7 is Vista cleaned up and improved, the issue remains. Maybe the story rings a bell with other people.

donBoomy said,
are you using windows 7? i feel like i never have to reboot after hotfixes...

Would that be because the hotfixes for Windows 7 RC were just pretend hotfixes, and could do without a reboot?

@WooHoo!!!
That story sounds like urban rumor to say that least, and complete BS to say the most. Every release of Windows has reduced the number of items that cause a reboot compared to the Windows version prior. It's that kind of insubstantial crap that has people who have never used Vista hating it.

excalpius said,
People forget just how many reboot updates we used to get in the XP and earlier days! 8P

Too true, I remember the days when you had to reboot in Windows 95 just to change your screen resolution?

Or in Windows 98 you had to reboot when you changed your TCP/IP settings.

I've been impressed with the progress. In Windows 7 you don't even need to log out of your profile to update your video card drivers.

*feel free to correct me Mac lovers*

Hey, Apple got it right! Every time I see my brother in-law update his mac, you can't even use it - it could just be major updates, but still sucks

As they take more and more things outta kernal space and into user space, rebooting is going to happen less and less. You can update and rolback video drivers without a reboot now afaik since that is back in user space.

But regardless of OS, any low level changes to kernel mode stuff will often need a reboot of some sort. Sometimes you just restart a service or a module though, but that's a sorta reboot in and of itself really.

mikefarinha said,
In Windows 7 you don't even need to log out of your profile to update your video card drivers.


the same is in Vista

GP007 said,
As they take more and more things outta kernal space and into user space, rebooting is going to happen less and less. You can update and rolback video drivers without a reboot now afaik since that is back in user space.

But regardless of OS, any low level changes to kernel mode stuff will often need a reboot of some sort. Sometimes you just restart a service or a module though, but that's a sorta reboot in and of itself really.

Right, I think at this point, Windows Vista/7, OSX and Linux have similar rebooting needs, which seems to be as minimal as possible at current tech.

Minooch said,
*feel free to correct me Mac lovers*

Hey, Apple got it right! Every time I see my brother in-law update his mac, you can't even use it - it could just be major updates, but still sucks

I would say that Apple does it, not because they could avoid it but because they don't want to risk causing instability; best to install the files, reboot and have a clean slate for end users to launch the applications.

Mind you, their delta updates have been horrible - they should be shipping combo updates all the time to avoid the problems I've seen because of these delta updates going wrong.