Enables the detection, download, and installation of updates for Windows and other programs.
If this service is disabled, users of this computer will not be able to use Windows Update or its automatic updating feature, and programs will not be able to use the Windows Update Agent (WUA) API.
The scope of this attack is big enough to attract crackers who actually know what they are doing..." The Critical Update Notification tool continued to be promoted by Microsoft through 1999 and the first half of 2000.
Fixes to Windows 98 to resolve the Year 2000 problem were distributed using Windows Update in December 1998.The first version of the Windows Update web site (usually referred to as "v3") did not require any personally-identifiable information to be sent to Microsoft.In order for the v3 Active X control to determine what updates were needed, the entire list of available software on Windows Update was downloaded to the user's computer when they visited the Windows Update web site.Windows Vista and later provide a Control Panel to configure update settings and check for updates; this was moved to the Settings app in Windows 10.
For previous versions of Microsoft Windows, users can download updates from the Windows Update website, using Internet Explorer.As the number of updates offered by Windows Update grew, this resulted in performance concerns.