May 8, 2012

Keep All Your Software Up To Date

Many of us keep our Windows systems up to date, well at the very least, all of our Microsoft applications. I mean Microsoft makes it fairly easy don't they? Just turn your automatic updates on and be done with it. What about your non-microsoft applications? Java, Flash, etc. Those need to be updated too. I mean having an out of date Java install can leave your computer open to all sorts of malware.

Manually updating all of your software every month isn't very practical is it. Also, it can be annoying when those applications have many updates being released all the time (I'm looking at you Adobe!) Wouldn't it be nice to have a tool that can keep all of your software up to date kind of like running apt-get upgrade in Ubuntu? Well now you can with Appupdater!

From their page:

Appupdater provides advanced functionality to Windows, similar to apt-get or yum on Linux. It automates the process of installing and maintaining up to date versions of programs. It is fully customizable for use in a corporate environment.


Here is a list of features:

  • Upgrades can be fully automatic (daily checks), no user intervention required
  • Auto-detection of previously installed applications
  • Install, Upgrade, or Remove software
  • Support for offline use/USB device
  • Support for Windows/UNIX/Linux/MAC OS X platforms
  • Proxy support
  • Support for package installation lists or computer profiles in a corporate environment
  • Create your own custom repository if desired (not required)
  • Dependency support
  • Metalink standard based XML repository files
  • Support for use of external Metalink download programs, such as Aria2
  • Automatically feedsback installed version information to the server
  • Not limited to programs in the registry or with embedded version numbers
  • Self upgrading of course!

Here is a link to their supported applications: (Supported Applications)

The one draw back to this program in my opinion is that it doesn;t have a scheduler option. You can't set this thing to automatically update your applications for you. You will have to manually run this tool every month to make sure your software is up to date, which doesn't sound that bad, but we are all lazy at heart.

Know of any other programs like this? Are they free? Can they be scheduled? Let us know in this comments! tags:        



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