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XP update automation

Is it possible to set a machine running XP Pro which is always on acting as a file server to update windows automatically and

1) accept EULAs without user intervention
2) restart automatically

The machine runs in a limited profile. I have set it to automatically start in that profile using the user accounts program. It is currently set to automatically update on a schedule.

Will it be simpler to get a user to switch to admin profile and accept the EULAs and restart? It is always a good idea to get users used to clicking 'accept' to long and complicated EULAs without reading them ; )

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ppfoongCommented:

In most occasion, Windows update does not need to go through EULA acceptance process, although manual update will sometimes need to go through the genuince verification process.

You can make Windows to automatically restart at specific time, for example, once every weekend, by using 3rd party application such as PowerOff   ( http://users.pandora.be/jbosman/applications.html ).

On the other hand, with XP Pro, you can make use of terminal service (remote control) to remotely access to it.


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phl6halAuthor Commented:
Thanks for reminding me of the poweroff application.

I was however looking for a way to completely automate updates on XP. If this is not possible, partial updates are not a solution. It will be more practical to let a user have the password to the admin account and let them loose on the fileserver.
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ppfoongCommented:

Yes, if the user can be trusted, and also know what he is doing.

But most of the time, Windows autoupdate can be run smoothly without much problem. If it need a restart, it will keep on prompting you with a small window launched from the taskbar.

Agreement of EULA normally happen only when upgrading from one service pack to another.

Therefore, about 90% of the autoupdate can be done automatically without human intervension.


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phl6halAuthor Commented:
To clarify, if the PC is running in a limited user profile will it automatically update, or does it need to be in the admin profile?
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ppfoongCommented:

Yes.

It will autoupdate even in the login screen (no user login yet), as long as the autoupdate scheduling is on.

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jeffrashCommented:
Is this PC in a windows 2003 domain, or is it a home PC?

If it's in a Windows 2003 domain you can use grou policy to reboot it automatically.
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phl6halAuthor Commented:
Sadly not in a domain, just a peer to peer network, hence the problem There is no onsite IT so everything needs to be as *user friendly* as possible.
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jeffrashCommented:
You could cheat by scheduling a nightly reboot regardless of any patches at some very late hour, like 02:00.  :)
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