I was apparently part of the 5.82% of Windows 7 users who preferred to be notified about updates rather than have them installed automatically. Annoyingly, Windows 8 no longer displays the familiar balloon tip and notify icon when new updates are available, instead placing a notice on the lock screen (which I almost never have occasion to see on my desktop). I found this frustrating enough that I decided to write a small unmanaged program to mimic the basic functionality of the old notify icon. It also supports automatic installation of specified updates (identified by their Knowledge Base ID – I use this to install Windows Defender definition updates). You can find out more and download the tool here:
Windows Update Notification Tool for Windows 8
5 responses to “Windows Update Notification Tool for Windows 8”
This is very nice work!
However, I personally refuse to use Win8 on my primary machines. Would it be much work to modify the application to work on Win7 so one could benefit from the auto-installation of Windows Defender updates?