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As a Windows user, keeping your system up-to-date with the latest security patches and bug fixes is crucial. However, manually checking for updates and installing them can be time-consuming and tedious. Fortunately, Python can automate this process for you, making it quicker and easier to keep your system up-to-date. This article will guide you through checking for Windows updates and installing them using Python.
Step 1: Installing Required Packages
To begin, you need to install two Python packages: pywinauto and psutil. pywinauto is a package that allows you to automate Windows GUI applications, while psutil is a cross-platform library for retrieving information about running processes and system utilization.
You can install these packages using pip, the package installer for Python. Open a command prompt or terminal window and run the following commands:
pip install pywinauto pip install psutil
Step 2: Creating a Python Script
Next, we will create a Python script that will check for Windows updates and install them. Open a text editor and create a new file called update.py. Add the following code to the file:
import os import time import psutil from pywinauto import application, timings # Check if Windows Update is already running def is_update_running(): for proc in psutil.process_iter(): if "WindowsUpdateBox.exe" in proc.name(): return True return False # Open Windows Update settings def open_update_settings(): app = application.Application().start("ms-settings:windowsupdate") timings.wait_until(10, 0.5, lambda: app.windows()) # Check for updates def check_for_updates(): open_update_settings() time.sleep(5) # wait for the settings app to open app = application.Application().connect(title_re="Windows Update", timeout=10) app.Windows_Update.set_focus() app.Windows_Update.child_window(title="Check for updates", control_type="Button").click() timings.wait_until(10, 0.5, lambda: is_update_running()) # Install updates def install_updates(): open_update_settings() time.sleep(5) # wait for the settings app to open app = application.Application().connect(title_re="Windows Update", timeout=10) app.Windows_Update.set_focus() app.Windows_Update.child_window(title="Install now", control_type="Button").click() app.Windows_Update.child_window(title="Restart now", control_type="Button").click() # Main function def main(): check_for_updates() install_updates() if __name__ == "__main__": main()
This script includes three functions: is_update_running, check_for_updates, and install_updates.
The is_update_running function checks if Windows Update is already running. We need this check because we don’t want to start a new update check if one is already in progress.
The check_for_updates function opens the Windows Update settings, clicks the “Check for updates” button, and waits for the update check to complete.
The install_updates function opens the Windows Update settings, clicks the “Install now” button, and then the “Restart now” button to install the updates and restart the system.
The main function calls the check_for_updates and install_updates functions in sequence.
Step 3: Running the Python Script
Now that we have created the Python script, we can run it. Open a command prompt or terminal window and navigate to the directory where you saved the update.py file. Run the following command to execute the script:
When you run the script, it will check for updates and install them if any are available. If no updates are available, the script will exit without doing anything.
Note that running the script requires administrative privileges. Therefore, run the command prompt or terminal window as an administrator.
In this article, we have shown you how to check for Windows updates and install them using Python. With this script, you can automate updating your system, saving you time and ensuring your system is always up-to-date with the latest security patches and bug fixes.
However, automating Windows updates can sometimes cause issues or conflicts with specific software or hardware configurations. Therefore, testing the script on a non-production system before using it on your main machine is recommended. Additionally, it is essential always to keep a backup of your system in case something goes wrong during the update process.