How to verify all patches are present

Best method for patch verification

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This is a follow up to Tom Lancaster's tip Lessons learned from MBSA 1.2. I have found that the best method for a full verification that all patches are present is to run the following:

1) MBSA 1.2

2) Windows Update (from IE).

3) Automatic Updates.

4) Office Update.

With the information received from all four processes (even though some of it is duplicated) I get a more accurate picture of what is missing.

This was first published in June 2004

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