Jeff Johnson wrote:
> [I should have cross-posted this to microsoft.public.windowsupdate in the
> first place, so now I'm fixing that error.]
>> I have Automatic Updates set to "download and notify." Sometimes Windows
>> will download the updates but it won't put the yellow shield icon in the
>> tray. I don't know there are updates until I go to shut down and get the
>> "Install updates and shut down" option. I NEVER blindly install
>> I always review what's there. But without the shield icon, I don't know
>> to invoke the dialog. Is there a command I can issue (or even an API I
>> call; I'm a programmer) to force Windows to display that dialog?
> PA Bear wrote:
>> Absent any Errors in your WindowsUpdate.log, you may be seeing a delay
>> caused by excessive demand on the servers. It can take up to 7 days for
>> all Automatic Update users to get new updates when so many have been
>> You can try downloading/installing the updates via Windows/Microsoft
>> Update: Understand that by doing so, you're pushing all the Automatic
>> Updates users further back in the queue (which may explain, at least in
>> part, why Automatic Updates hasn't brought them in for you yet).
> You didn't understand the question. I HAVE the updates; they've already
> downloaded. It's just that the ICON doesn't appear in the system tray, so
> can't click it and get the dialog where I can choose to do a custom
> and review what WU is wanting to install. I'm looking for a way to force
> that dialog to appear even if the icon is unavailable.
> I know I can always go out to the WU site but it's been my experience that
> might as well go out and wash the car while I wait for the ActiveX control
> to determine what updates I need, so I avoid using the page as much as
How have you determined that all of the updates have downloaded if the
Installation Approval prompt hasn't appeared and you haven't check-in at
1a. Check Windowsupdate.log (%windir%\WindowsUpdate.log) to see if all
updates have downloaded successfully, as well as for any errors associated
with the downloads.
How to read the WindowsUpdate.log file
1b. Compare errors to those listed here:
and/or go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
> click on Help and Support
link in left pane > Solve problems on your own.
Another thing to try: Change your Automatic Updates setting to Notify Only,
reboot, change it back to Download But Notify & reboot again.
Start a free Windows Update support incident request:
Support for Windows Update:
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002
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