(cross-post added to Vista Perf & Maint)
"Gordon" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>A Repost as my original thread has gone off topic:
No it hasn't. If you don't understand the points being made
you could ask some questions... ; )
> Vista Home Premium SP1. Daily use account is a Standard account. WU is set
> to notify me of available updates. It does NOT notify me. The "Updates
> available" icon NEVER appears. AFAIK it has never worked.
> Any solutions?
In addition to replying to PA Bear you should try issuing your
own bitsadmin command (in a cmd window):
bitsadmin /list /allusers
BTW I don't know if your version of Vista provides the
bitsadmin command but I think you could download it from
The point is: unless you have been actively scanning and
analysing your WindowsUpdate.log you may be unaware
whether your system has already started downloading Vista SP1.
In addition doing the above bitsadmin command would clarify whether
you have *any* suspended BITS jobs. The empirical evidence seems
to be that as long as there are suspended jobs on BITS
you may not see the AU notification prompt, even for updates
which have already been successfully downloaded. E.g. in my case
that only happened once I had forced the completion of the
XPsp3 download and it had finally showed up in the ReportingEvents.log
(in the SoftwareDistribution directory).