Windows 8 Updates and Audit Mode

Windows update does not function while in Audit mode in Windows 8.1.

That’s a nice little tidbit of information that I would have liked to have known before trying nearly everything I could to troubleshoot why it wasn’t working.

Chris123NT has very clear instructions to get around this limitation and apply the updates. I have copied the instructions here. Thank you, Chris123NT.

  1. Download the Windows Update Powershell Module
  2. Copy the module folder to %WINDIR%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules
  3. Run PowerShell ISE as Administrator
  4. Run the following commands:
  5. Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
    Import-Module PSWindowsUpdate

The rest should be automated with some prompts.

**NOTE: Sometimes setting the execution policy to RemoteSigned doesn’t work, in those cases, temporarily set it to Unrestricted, and then set it back after you have used the script to install all windows updates.