Tag: Windows Update

Use PowerShell & Windows Update to force drivers to be downloaded from the Internet in a Task Sequence

Working with client driver packages for me is related to a never-ending story. Drivers are frequently being updated and results in manually handling updates of Driver Packages in Configuration Manager. But since some computer manufacturers are releasing updates through Windows Update, so we thought; What if you can use a Task Sequence to force Windows Update to look for updates and drivers over the Internet instead of using manually handled Driver Packages? So I decided to try with a Surface Book.

With help from the PowerShell Module PSWindowsUpdate, created by Michal Gajda (downloaded from TechNet), and with a post from Waingrositblog, I had all the necessary bits forcing a Surface Book to download drivers from Windows Update, over the Internet, while running a Task Sequence. I started by modifying the steps, created by Waingrositblog, in the Task Sequence steps a bit. I found having one step running a PowerShell script instead of three steps, two of which was running cmd lines, more suitable.

This image illustrates the Task Sequence step.

I added the update step just after applying Windows- and Network Settings, where we usually apply driver packages.

The RPS (Run PowerShell) – Microsoft Update step is running the following script:

To verify the success of the script I went through the WindowsUpdateLog.Log and found that during the Task Sequence, a lot of drivers were installed. Here I would like to use PCI drivers as an example. As shown in the image below, the WindowsUpdateLog successfully downloaded and applied the drivers.

This is the WindowsUpdateLog.Log generated after successfully running the Update Drivers sequence.

I also tried the running the Task Sequence without the Windows Update / Driver script and found out the device had conflicts with the PCI drivers. These drivers is just used as an example in this process, there are several conflicts and other drivers missing as shown in the image below.

This image illustrates conflicts with, among others, the PCI drivers after not running the Update Drivers sequence.

This image illustrates when the drivers are applied.

As shown in these images, the Install Driver step running in the Task Sequence finds the correct and necessary drivers. After a Task Sequence successfully has gone through no exclamation marks are found in the Device Manager.

Some computer manufacturers are using Windows Update as a secondary source for updates, and because of this some drivers can be out of date. This is a reason why the Surface is a great example of using Windows Update for drivers since Microsoft release their updates, up to date.

If you have any questions, opinions or improvements, feel free to email me at Johan.Nilsson@Xenit.se

Update for Windows is already installed on this computer?

En del uppdateringar från Windows Update misslyckas vid installation med en prompt om att uppdateringen redan är installerad. Ett återkommande exempel är KB3146978 som listas som en rekommenderad hotfix för RDS 2012 R2 Session Hosts. I ett flertal miljöer har jag sett att KB3146978 inte listas under Installed Updates, Systeminfo, Powershells Get-Hotfix, wmic get hotfixid eller andra sätt som är baserade på Win32_QuickEngineering men installation fastnar ändå på ”Update for Windows is already installed on this Computer”.

För att få en mer inkluderande översyn på vilka uppdateringar som faktiskt är installerade kan följande köras:

$Session = New-Object -ComObject ”Microsoft.Update.Session”
$Searcher = $Session.CreateUpdateSearcher()
$historyCount = $Searcher.GetTotalHistoryCount()
$Searcher.QueryHistory(0, $historyCount) | Select-Object Title, Description, Date,
@{name=”Operation”; expression={switch($_.operation){
1 {”Installation”}; 2 {”Uninstallation”}; 3 {”Other”}
}}} | Export-Csv -NoType ”$Env:userprofile\Desktop\Windows Updates.csv”

Windows Updates.csv lägger sig då på skrivbordet och innehåller i detta exempel information om att KB3146978 faktiskt är installerad.