Automatically Update Over 300 Windows Apps Using This Free Program

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Patch My PCThis useful program automates the checking, installation and updating of over 300 applications on your Windows PC.

Patch My PC is a small, free, portable application that scans your computer for any available updates for over 300 programs, and if it finds any, it will download and install them automatically. One of the great features of this application is that you can download the latest version of any program on the list, even if you don't have it installed - check the box next to the program and it will be downloaded and installed along with any other updates you choose.

Updates are displayed by category: plugins and runtimes, browsers, multimedia, file archivers, utilities, hardware tools, documents, media tools, messaging, developer, Microsoft Visual C++ redist., sharing, graphics, security, gaming, miscellaneous, and portable apps.
Updates are also color coded, showing whether programs are out of date or up to date on your system.
Green – means the application is installed and up to date
Red – means the application is installed but outdated
Black – means the application is not currently installed
The color code can be changed to a different configuration in the options. In fact there are several excellent options available, including auto start, scheduling scan updates, shutting down your system after installing updates, the option to keep the downloaded .exe files (the default is delete), automatically create a restore point before updating, install 32 bit apps, disable the auto update of individual apps, the ability to export settings so you can use the program across multiple systems, and more.

Patch My PC also automatically updates to the newest version when it's launched, a nice touch.
Right clicking on any of the updates listed in the left hand pane gives you the option to disable per app scanning, silent installation, and auto updating. You can right click to open the program description page or add that update to the auto install in the .ini file if you're using the app across multiple systems.

You can see the complete list of apps available for update here: Supported Products - Patch My PC Home Updater

The forums are active and the developers are very responsive. If there's a program you'd like to see added to the list, pop in and ask.
I had one issue with the program when I ran it - it said it downloaded and installed 7Zip, but when I clicked on the program to open it, nothing happened. I downloaded and ran the update manually. I checked the forums and someone mentioned the same issue so I think if isn't already remedied it will be soon. All the other 26 updates installed flawlessly the first time I ran the program, as did the 6 updates in the most recent run.

Some of the programs that I updated (including Adobe Flash Player) are bundled with with PUP's (Potentially Unwanted Programs). None of the PUP's that normally accompany those programs were installed on any of the updates both times I've run the app.
The program is available for download in English, Dutch, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

If you were missing Secunia PSI, give Patch My PC a try, I think you'll like it.

System requirements:
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 (Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 required for Windows XP)
Runs on Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7 with legacy support for Windows XP (the legacy version doesn’t receive updates for newer versions of of the program)

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I have this on both my Laptop & Desktop. All required updates were installed perfectly on my Laptop.
Microsoft .Net Framework 4.7.2. was installed on my Desktop PC'S D:Drive.
I posted this on their forum but no reply yet.

I'm happy to hear all went well.

.Net installed on your D: drive? That's odd. I'm glad you let them know. You can probably download it separately and install it on your C: drive.

This is a great GUI tool, taht replaces Chocolatey for entry-level user

Good point. It is very easy to use. :)

On the technical side I'm not sure how they handle that, but the updates that have been installed on my system that I'm certain have PUP's that you have to opt out of (Adobe Flash for one) haven't been added. I've had Patch My PC install two different Flash updates (all versions including NPAPI because I use Firefox) and the PUP's weren't included. That's one of the things I looked at before mentioning the program. I'll add it to the article. :)

Thanks. Ultra fast scan initially. One thing is the browsers lists. Show my Chrome uptodate but no mention of Edge or the old IE 8 I keep just in case.
Otherwise nice job of handling my main apps update needs. It didn't seem to find any third part commercial installs like for broker account program. Just the regular MS & PC kind of installs. See how the Java 9 for x64 goes. Auto update from Java never detected that yet. Since those are known to not do any PUPS I'm running updates in background. Keeper,.solid portable helper. Hey, machine learning? App helping Apps....

I'm glad you like it. :) Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer (IE) are not on the list of supported programs so they wouldn't appear as an update option.

I use this application as a cross check with SUMO. I generally prefer to do my updates manually but this is a good choice for those who need to use their time more efficiently.

rhiannon,
This sounds great, but how do i guard against PUP's & other unwanted add ins when auto=downloading updates?

Some programs like Adobe Flash have pages on their websites where programs without PUP's can be downloaded. These are useful for site admins who have to upgrade multiple systems. These pages are not easy to find. I've been downloading Adobe Flash updates from their site that's a straight download, no PUPs, since they started adding the PUP's. That might be one option Patch My PC uses.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I've been using a neat little utility called "Unchecky" for about 2 years now to handle that task. It runs in the background and has been very effective for me in screening out the unwanted garbage.

hanks, crosseyedlemon:

I do have "Unchecky" and have been using it for quite some time. My concern is ,I guess, the sheer volume of downloads simultaneously and if the program can screen them all. I'll try it out on my oldest pc first and create a restore point.

Patch My PC has an option to create a restore point before any upgrades. It's really a well thought out app.

I use restore points often. And back up misc. files when they change or something is added. Full disc image on a regular schedule.