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Patch My PC - Not bad, not bad at all.

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+warwagon    11,351

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Patch My PC

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 It was an OK program but once it found out of date applications went to automatically update them, the process seemed to take MUCH longer than it should.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 As someone who has a lot of out of date machines come into my office, this one seems pretty nice.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

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Nothing Here    450

Well, it worked under Win8 x64. Only updated a couple things. But it was fast. Unlike Secunia.

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Gotenks98    433

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

I have suggested this to use for the student computers we support. Many of them are too lazy to update stuff so having one place that does it all makes it more likely to get updated. For personal use for my own computers I update everything manually though.

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azspeedbullet    24

Is there a way to save the install files/windows update and then run the patch my pc application? I will like to roll out this app within my job, however it will be very slow if it is has to re download every time i run the app

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cropcircles    51

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.

Agreed. I tried that Driver update once and it installed a bunch of crap I didn't want. I just couldn't avoid it after awhile and was losing my mind, the download driver icon was on every webpage I went too, usually right next to another download link I was looking for and it was trying to confuse me into accidently clicking on it. Direct download for me as I don't trust these 3rd party gatekeepers, they always seem to have an alternative motive.

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+warwagon    11,351

Well, it worked under Win8 x64. Only updated a couple things. But it was fast. Unlike Secunia.

Yep I use to use securnia also but to update just flash alone, it would take FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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HappiestDays    0

For those using portable software?as everyone should be?this isn't necessary, since the portable software suites already batch-update everything

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+warwagon    11,351

Last month I had added patchmypc to my scheduled tasks on my computer using the patchmypc.exe /s, so every night it would run in the background and install all the latest versions. Tonight, I went to open iTunes to get the newest security now for my walk, and i forgot I had setup patchmypc to run silently every night. When I went to open up iTunes i already had the newest version that just came out. I thought... That's a hell of a thing!

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+Mando    5,113

why in the hell are you giving this free advertising? It sucks! There is no way you can remove certain things and fix everything without sitting in front of the computer!

Try actually trying it before mouthing off mate, its actually a not bad bit of software which is perfect for your mom/dads to use and leave you in peace, we assessed it for managing in a locked down corp domain for such crud like adobe etc, ended up using ninite pro, cos its hassle free, but patch my pc is just as good! (and free!)

There is no way you can remove certain things and fix everything without sitting in front of the computer!

Err Logmein and RDP??? Bios access on physical machines is the ONLY thing you cant do with Logmein or RDP! Everything else CAN be done remotely. I do exactly this daily on 200 workstations and 35 servers (physical & Virtual). Jeesh!

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+warwagon    11,351

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

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HawkMan    5,230

Got ninite for that, though in general I hardly ever do a reinstall

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+warwagon    11,351

Got ninite for that, though in general I hardly ever do a reinstall

I use it for Customer reinstalls saves me lots of time

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HawkMan    5,230

I prefer reinstalls as a last resort unless the client requests it, and then, I do a reinstall, patch up with windows update, adobe reader, java, flash, and maybe office and AV on request.

Better to just install them manually, and most of them have web installers so I can just keep them on a USB stick with my tools.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi    1,083

I use it for Customer reinstalls saves me lots of time

What a great idea! I have 3 different peoples' computers right in front of me, and although I knew about that program, didn't even think about using it on them! Thanks, warwagon! (Y)

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+warwagon    11,351

I prefer reinstalls as a last resort unless the client requests it, and then, I do a reinstall, patch up with windows update, adobe reader, java, flash, and maybe office and AV on request.

Better to just install them manually, and most of them have web installers so I can just keep them on a USB stick with my tools.

Well this way you don't have to open each individual web installer. Just select the apps you want and hit go and patchmypc does the rest automatic for you.

What a great idea! I have 3 different peoples' computers right in front of me, and although I knew about that program, didn't even think about using it on them! Thanks, warwagon! (Y)

ya give it a try on them, i'm pretty sure you will fall in love. One word of advice. For some reason if malwarebyes get updated with that application, patchmypc doesn't tell malwaredbytes to not reboot. So sometimes the PC will shut down and reboot after the malwarebytes updates with patchmypc. So I usually do that one by hand.

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HawkMan    5,230

In the end it's so little work to launch those three installers it's less work than running this app.

The fastest and most efficient way is to download a ninite installe for them me store on the stick though.

But even then I would rather do it manually, then I know it's installed and works properly.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi    1,083

Well, I used it, and it was simply amazing! Saved me a huge amount of time. Thanks for the heads up about the malwarebytes update, though. I had already installed and updated it before hand on all 3 systems, so it wasn't an issue for me. Anyway, this nifty little jewel is now on a permanent fixture in my pc repair utility list. Awesome is the only word I can use to describe it! Very happy! :)

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cork1958    1,335

That UI needs some heavy polishing.

Sheesh!

I think that anyone who complains of just the UI has absolutely no clue as to why they don't like something. Who gives a crap what it looks like, if it works? I mean, are you going to set and stare at it all day, or what?

Personally,

I'm like the person on page 1 of these replies, I don't like these kind of programs either. Would rather update my stuff manually, but I might give this a try on the computers that come through here too.

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LUTZIFER    473

I don't know if I'd trust it. Besides I'm usually running alpha/beta programs and I doubt this would update to higher alpha/beta releases.

Plus I tried a driver update program, Driver Doctor, it did it's thing, told me how many drivers were outdated, downloaded them and went to install, while installing each one by one said the driver about to be installed was older than the current installed, which I kind of thought too, so of course I cancelled them and uninstalled the program.

Like someone mentioned above, manual update is the best.

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virtorio    2,533

Who gives a crap what it looks like, if it works?

A lot of people do. It'd work just as well without a theme that fell out of 2002.

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kachan64    74

Nah no point.

Most of the program will notify u with the latest update anyway. I like to check for them sometimes too also drivers and crap can be updated in Windows update!

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jackkk1    8

I doubt that it has anywhere near the size of application database as secunia, judging by the immature interface look it's still new software and may be much buggier than mentioned secunia's beta version, but, well, i haven't tried it yet!

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Javik    4,038

The last version that I used seemed a bit slow but I tried version 2.3 and it worked pretty nicely.

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+warwagon    11,351

A lot of people do. It'd work just as well without a theme that fell out of 2002.

Hmm... I actually LOVE the current interface.

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