"AB" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> On most of my home computers, after Id/l an update, I get a yellow shield in
> the tray that I can click to install the updates. (If a reboot is needed
> afterwards, it tells me that).
> On my Sony Vaio TXN-series laptop (XP Pro 2002 SP3) and one other computer
> (I can't remember which but it is XP Home SP3),
> I do not get the shield after downloading updates.
Check in %windir%\SoftwareDistribution\ReportingEvents.log
I am seeing that same symptom but so far only when the latest
Installation Ready: The following updates are downloaded and ready for
installation. To install the updates, an administrator should log on to this
computer and Windows will prompt with further instructions:
> I have to remember to do a shut down so the updates install.
In fact, rebooting occasionally seems to bring it back too.
Not always though.
> My choice on automatic updating is "notify me but don't automatically
> download or install them." The other choices are automatic; or download
> updates for me but let me choose when to install; and turn off auto updates.
That's interesting. My choice is "let me choose when to install
which usually means that the first time I am aware of the availability
of updates they have already been downloaded.
> My other laptop and desktop have the same choice checked but give me the
> shield to let me install while using the computer.
I can tell when I'm in this state without resorting to using either
the Event Viewer or the ReportingEvents.log first, simply by using
my Sleep button on my keyboard (which I have configured to do
a Shutdown prompt, e.g. same as Ctrl-Esc,u). E.g. when I do that
and I see the Turn Off button overlaid with the AU icon I know that
there are updates ready to install. Then I can use the Event Viewer
or ReportingEvents.log to find out exactly which ones and if I don't
want them be installed when I shutdown I can use the new link at the
bottom of that dialog: Click here to turn off without installing updates.
The only problem is that without the AU tool in the Notification Area
I have no control over individual updates. So if rebooting doesn't bring it back
and I really wanted that control I would have to go to the WU or MU
site and prevent them from installing that way. AFAICS all this is by
design with that new icon overlay "feechur" but I haven't seen it
precisely documented anywhere.
> Is there a way to get the shield and choice to install updates while still
> using the computer?
I haven't actually tried disabling install of updates that have already
been downloaded using the WU or MU sites. Why don't you try that?
Perhaps the icon will then come back for you? <eg>
(I.e., you would have some updates downloaded but not installable
so why wouldn't they show you the AU tool to let you reverse that
Another alternative which I have thought of but haven't bothered
trying is using ProcMon to see what wuauclt.exe does. E.g. perhaps
there is an undocumented registry value which could be employed
to return the previous functionality that we both prefer?
It doesn't really bother me enough to go to all that trouble though;
it's jsut more quirks to know about and work around. ; )