A feature that advanced users miss dearly in the Windows operating system is a centralized update repository, that informs the computer user of software updates. Software updaters, like Update Notifier, the Software Updates Monitor, and others, are a solid alternative, even though none has been 100% accurate so far.
Especially limited application databases and the detection of false positives, that is updates that are not existing, have been major problems in most update checkers so far.
R-Updater is a new program that can keep software up to date on a computer system. The program checks automatically for installed software on startup, and compares the versions of the discovered software in an online database.
The application divides the updates into three categories: Catalog versions, user versions and beta versions. Neither the homepage nor the program explain the differences, we assume that catalog versions refer to final releases on the developer website, user versions to versions that users of the R-Updater program run and beta versions to beta versions of the programs.
Not all categories are usually filled with version information, which highly depends on the developer's developer and beta release code of practice. Software Updates are indicated in the updates section of the program. Each program is listed with its name and version, next to the updates that have been found in the database.
A double-click launches a website with direct links to the program and the developer website. False positives can be removed from the listing by right-clicking an entry and selecting the Don't Call option.
R-Updater finds a solid amount of installed applications, the update check however sometimes failed to detect that an Internet connection was present, a restart resolved the problem on our test PC.
Update notifications can be configured individually for each software. It is for instance possible to only display stable updates for some programs, and beta or all updates for others.
The scheduler holds options to change the frequency of update checks and scans for new software on the system, both are set to once per week by default.
Another interesting option is the ability to add software manually to the software list in the program. Portable software, and software missed by the automatic scan, can be added this way.
R-Updater is a solid software updater for Windows. It is available at the developer's website as an installer or portable version. The program itself is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.
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