Automatic Windows Updates in Firefox?

Posted on 2005-05-02
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I want to disable Internet Explorer on all our PCs because of the security problems, but you can't get windows updates from their web site with other browsers such as Firefox.  How about if you have automatic download and installation of updates running in the background?  Will that work with Firefox?

Question by:maharlika
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    I don't believe the Automatic Updates require a browser, so that is probably your best option.

    I thought there was a plugin to allow FireFox to access the Windows Update site, but I just searched and couldn't find it.  (All I found was a toolbar addon to FireFox that opens IE to the Windows Update site.)
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    by:Rich Rumble
    FireFox is not able to be used to do the windows update's from the windows update web page, but you can set your win2k and XP machines to auto update, which doesn't use the browser to do so. ActiveX is needed to do the updates, while firefox can run activeX for the most part with a 3rd party DL, it cannot function as a windows updater.;EN-US;327850 win2k auto updates;EN-US;306525 XP;en-us;327838 win2k, xp and 2003

    However, you cannot do Office updates without using the (IE) browser, unless manually downloading the updates and installing them.
    You can also manually DL the windows updates and install them as well, but the auto updates is better. If you don't want to kill your bandwidth, like if all your users were trying to get the updates at once, you can use WSUS Windows Software Update Services
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    Type the windows update web site into the firefox browser, bookmark it.  and run it from there

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    Windows XP SP2 automatically downloads and installs updates, pretty much whether you want to or not. You can turn it off, but it seems to download them automatically, and install them whenever the computer is booted. This needs no browser, since its built into windows, but most microsoft programs run the same internet settings as IE, (MSN, Outlook, Office.. etc.) so you should set your proxy settings (if needed) in IE and just not use it.
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    by:Leon Fester
    Firstly, Windows update site does not support NON-Microsoft browsers, currently I know that Firefox does not work, Opera and Netscape if I recall also don't work. The Windows update site checks the version of your browser when you visit the page.

    So either install SUS server for windows updates check out for more information.

    Alternatively, configure the clients to download directly via the Windows Update Client that is installed with XP SP2.

    I would however advise against this as each client will individually access the Internet and download the neccessary, whereas with a SUS server, only the server will download the patches from M$ site and then it will deploy to the local clients. It can be scheduled, is automated and works pretty well. You have full control over which updates get deployed to the client workstations.

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