The Active X component then executes the downloaded installation files in their silent/unattended mode to install or update those components, and to report the success or failure of those installations back to Microsoft's servers.The first version of the Windows Update web site (usually referred to as "v3") did not require any personally-identifiable information to be sent to Microsoft.It also narrowed down the list of available updates for the operating system and related components by sending details of what operating system version, service pack, and locale are installed.
Enables the detection, download, and installation of updates for Windows and other programs.
If this service is disabled, users of this computer will not be able to use Windows Update or its automatic updating feature, and programs will not be able to use the Windows Update Agent (WUA) API.
A link to Windows Update on the Start Menu gave access to additional downloads for the operating system.
At the time of Windows 98's release, Windows Update offered additional desktop themes, games, device driver updates, and optional components such as Net Meeting.
Windows Update, a service offered by Microsoft, provides updates for Windows components.
It can be replaced with Microsoft Update, an expanded version of the service which provides for other Microsoft software as well, such as Microsoft Office, Windows Live Essentials and Microsoft Expression Studio.In order for the v3 Active X control to determine what updates were needed, the entire list of available software on Windows Update was downloaded to the user's computer when they visited the Windows Update web site.As the number of updates offered by Windows Update grew, this resulted in performance concerns.By default, this check occurred every five minutes, and when Internet Explorer was started, though the user could configure the next check to occur only at certain times of the day or on certain days of the week.The check was performed by querying the server for a file, "cucif.cab", which contains a list of all the critical updates released for the user's operating system.Fixes to Windows 98 to resolve the Year 2000 problem were distributed using Windows Update in December 1998.