How To Schedule An Update Reminder in Windows Vista


The Microsoft Update site in Vista has been replaced by a Control Panel applet. To automate the reminder in Vista, you’ll need to set up two automated processes: one for patching Windows, and another for launching a browser showing the Secunia Software Inspector.

Follow these steps to run Windows Update once a month after Patch Tuesday:

Step 1: Choose Start, type Task Scheduler, and press Enter. Click to confirm User Account Control.

Step 2: In the far right pane, click Create Basic Task.

Step 3: In the Create Basic Task Wizard, type the name of your task and (optionally) a description. Click Next.

Step 4: Select Monthly and click Next.

Step 5: Specify a start date. For Months, choose Select All Months in the pop-up menu. Click On and specify the Second Tuesday. Click Next.

Step 6: Leave Start a program selected and click Next.

Step 7: For Program/script, type c:\Windows\System32\Wuapp.exe (your path may differ).

Step 8: Click Next and then click Finish.

Follow these steps to run Software Inspector once a month after Patch Tuesday:

Step 1: Follow steps 1 through 6 above but specify a different task name in Step 3.

Step 2: For Program/script, specify the path to your preferred Web browser. In the Add arguments (optional) box, type http://secunia.com/software_inspector/.

Step 3: Click Next and then click Finish.

Windows will launch these tasks on the appropriate day, reminding you to proceed with your checks.

Protecting your system involves many tools, including antimalware tools and regular system updates. By adding Secunia Software Inspector to your toolbox, you can help ensure that your major add-ins are patched in addition to Windows.

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