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Update Manager for Windows wumgr Review

Update Manager for Windows, short wumgr, is a free portable program for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system to regain control of updating.

Microsoft changed updating in the company's Windows 10 operating system by removing some control over the update process and making updates more automatic than before.

While it is still possible to delay feature updates, install optional updates, or switch over to manual updates on Windows 10, installing updates on Windows 10 machines is not a very pleasant experience if Windows Update is used.

Windows administrators who want more control can use third-party tools like the excellent Windows Update MiniTool.

Update Manager for Windows

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Update Manager for Windows looks like a fork of Windows Update MiniTool. The interfaces look almost identical but there are some differences when it comes to the provided functionality. Windows Update MiniTool has not been updated since December 2016.

Note: The wumgr project page on GitHub offers no information on its relationship with Windows Update MiniTool

The application requires elevation to run and uses the Windows Update Agent API to display updates, identify missing and installed updates, and provide other update management functionality.

The interface lists the update history on start. There you find listed all updates that were installed on the device including the state of the installation.

A click on "Windows Update", "Installed Updates", or "Hidden Updates" switches to these listings instead. Windows Update displays available updates, installed updates those that are installed, and hidden updates those that are blocked from installation.

You do need to activate the check for updates scan first to populate the listings.

The program displays each update that it found, its size and status, the publication date, and KB article ID.

Select some or all updates in one of the lists and then one of the available action buttons, e.g. to install all selected updates in one go, hide the updates so that they are not installed, or uninstall updates that are installed already.

One of the main advantages of wumgr over Windows Update is the flexibility that it brings to the table. While it cannot break up feature updates or cumulative updates into individual updates, it is giving administrators control over all updates similarly to how updating works on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 devices.

Options to customize the entire process and change certain features are displayed in the lower left corner.

The following options are provided at the time of writing:

  • Change the update server / method, e.g. from Windows Update to Microsoft Update.
  • Enable offline mode which downloads wsusscn2.cab for offline update management.
  • Enable the manual downloading and installing of Windows updates.
  • Include superseded updates in the update listing.
  • Enable background functionality.
  • Enable "always run as administrator" functionality.
  • Block access to Windows Update servers on the device.
  • Disable automatic updates.
  • Disable Store updates.
  • Include Driver updates.
  • Hide Windows Update options in the Settings application.

Closing Words

Update Manager for Windows is a useful program that gives administrators who run it more control over the updating process. The application is open source and portable, and updated regularly. A test on Virustotal returned zero hits at the time of writing but there is still some uncertainty in regards to the program's relationship with Windows Update MiniTool.

Now You: Do you use a third-party program to update Windows?

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Comments

  1. Gavin B said on October 15, 2018 at 12:21 pm
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    Is there an executable
    at https://github.com/DavidXanatos/wumgr ?
    If not how does one run it?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 15, 2018 at 12:30 pm
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      You need to click on “releases” on the page to get the list of releases. There you find the executable download.

  2. Jeff said on October 15, 2018 at 1:11 pm
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    You say there are some differences to WU MiniTool and then don’t mention what they are?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 15, 2018 at 1:35 pm
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      Sorry for that. MiniTool offers less options that you find in then lower left corner. You can’t use it to block Windows update functionality, block or allow driver updates, and some other features related to that.

  3. Dave said on October 15, 2018 at 3:24 pm
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    I’m too paranoid to let some software from someone I know nothing about have that kind of access to my system.

    1. Mikhoul said on October 16, 2018 at 1:15 am
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      It’s open source so just look at the code or compile it directly on your computer…

  4. Chuck W said on October 15, 2018 at 5:48 pm
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    I’ve been using wumgr for several weeks and have been happy with it. One of the September W10 updates via Windows Update failed and did rollbacks after the required reboot multiple times, but by using wumgr to install each update individually and in the order I wanted, everything got updated.

  5. Franck said on October 15, 2018 at 6:46 pm
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    This is an awesome alternative, which is becoming greater than the “original” !

  6. Josh said on October 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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    Stolen UI from wumt. finger down

    1. Anonymous said on October 16, 2018 at 12:36 pm
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      Are you also mad that LibreOffice “stole” OpenOffice’s UI, and that Open-Shell “stole” Classic Shell’s UI, and that ReactOS “stole” Windows’ UI, and that Palemoon/Waterfox “stole” Firefox’s UI, and that Xonotic “stole” Nexuiz’s UI, etc.?

  7. rickmv said on October 15, 2018 at 10:07 pm
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    > Note: The wumgr project page on GitHub offers no information on its relationship with Windows Update MiniTool

    | Aug 16, 2018
    |
    | Here is the new thread for the WuMgr: https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/windows-update-manager.77736/
    |
    | @shewolf
    | I asked you if you would consider releasing the source of your tool, than there would be no need for a replica. but you’ve chosen not to reply, leaving me with no other option than to replicate the functionality.
    | As you can read in the thread I made for it I have some plans on future features which windows 10 users desperately need, in my opinion.
    | Adding more features to a open sourced WUMT would have been preferable, why do something someone else already did, but since it wasn’t and giving up on my improvement ideas wasn’t an option. I will just go with the option at hand that was creating a new tool from scratch.
    |
    | We all saw what happened to classic shell, now imagine it would have been a closed source application, after 1709 people would have to live with this atrocity of a start menu M$ installed in windows 10.
    | Given the importance of such tools to the windows world, a proprietary solution is not satisfying, the longevity and continuation of these sort of tools is of paramount importance, especially now with this terrible Windows as a Service approach from M$.
    |
    | Open Source is the way to go, it allows large numbers of people to contribute, and to build up on already done work, liberating man kind
    | from doing the same thing over an over again. When something is open source it only needs to be done once.
    | If it is proprietary however it will need to be re made and re developed over and over and over again, that is a waist of humanity’s time resources, we have better things to do.
    | I my self would prefer to have spent the day on adding new features instead of first having to re implement the basics, but well … now its done.
    |
    | Cheers
    | David X.

    1. Steve said on October 23, 2018 at 12:44 am
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      David
      It is impossible to please some people but some of us really appreciate your efforts to give us back our control over update. Thank you.

      Currently I use Windows Update Blocker (www.sordum.org) to block updates pending askwoody’s Defcon rating. This both stops the update service and protects it from windows re-starting. Is the WuMgr disable automatic update switch protected?

  8. Marcel Pierce said on October 16, 2018 at 1:37 am
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  9. Rick said on October 16, 2018 at 8:22 am
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    There’s a titanic thread about this over on MDL, where the tool originated (lending it significant credence):
    https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/windows-update-manager.77736

    I’ve used WUMT religiously for years, so am looking forward to reading about wumgr.

  10. Anonymous said on October 16, 2018 at 10:21 pm
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    WUMT was translated into many languages, your clone is not. Why?

  11. pd said on October 21, 2018 at 3:13 am
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    Blocked by smartscreen.

  12. Ed Tittel said on October 21, 2018 at 7:46 pm
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    The readme file for wumgr also includes this statement:
    “This tool is inspired by the Windows Update Mini Tool, however in contrary to WUMT it is written in .NET instead of C/C++ and it is Open Source; those it’s continued maintanance is enured.”
    I think the author meant the final clause in that sentence to read “thus, it’s continued maintenance is ensured.” I’m a long-time fan of WUMT, and it looks like I’m going to switch over to WUMgr instead. Thanks for leading the world to this tool, Herr Brinkmann!
    –Ed–

  13. David Xanatos said on October 23, 2018 at 9:18 am
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    I have updates the readme on the github page, adding the following lines:

    This tool is inspired by the Windows Update Mini Tool, however in contrary to WUMT it is written in .NET instead of C/C++ and it is Open Source; those it’s continued maintenance is ensured.

    There is no further connection than me wanting to have a opensource WUMT and those making one.

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