Automatic update -- Context of the Windows Update Agent? RRS feed

  • Question

  • When WUAUCTL.EXE is getting new updates from the WU, does it run as an System Service context or Administrator Service context?
    Tuesday, July 18, 2017 11:14 PM

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  • Hi,

    The WindowsUpdate.log is log for Windows Update Agent (WUA). It runs as service Windows Update/Automatic Updates in the context of “Local System” account.

    When “detecting/downloading” update, WUA may determine proxy in different ways (Please check reference below). If authentication is required by proxy, the Caller should supply the account for authentication. For example, if IE called WUA to scan update, IE will supply the current logon user account.

    When “installing” update, it is always done in the context of “Local System” account.


    How the Windows Update client determines which proxy server to use to connect to the Windows Update Web site


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    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 2:13 AM