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Archive for May 15th, 2015

From batch file or shortcut: start Windows Update (via: Windows 7 Help Forums)

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/05/15

Call either of these from a batch file or Windows shortcut to end up at the Windows Update screen in the Control Panel:

%windir%\System32\rundll32.exe url.dll,FileProtocolHandler wuapp.exe
%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8}


  • I’ve tested this in Windows 7, 8.x and 9 and it works fine in all these.
  • Unlike Control Printers calling Control Updates does not work.
  • I suspect there are many more magic GUID values you could use for other functions because the built-in syntax has been there for a long time.


via: Windows Update Shortcut – Create in Windows 7 – Windows 7 Help Forums.

Posted in Power User, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 | Leave a Comment »

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