Vista Automatic Software Updates Solved!

Bucks, United Kingdom (PressExposure) May 24, 2007 -- Delivering automatic updates to users over the internet just got an awful lot more difficult for software developers following the launch of Microsoft’s new Vista operating system. To solve the problems raised by Vista User Account Control, Powerprogrammer have just released version 4 of the Web Update Wizard, which allows developers to add auto-updates to their applications with literally a single line of code.

Vista’s User Account Control (UAC) stops traditional automatic update mechanisms from working and requires standard users to ‘elevate and authenticate’ to computer Administrators in order to receive updates. Even computer Administrators are prompted by UAC before updates can be successfully applied. This stops many of the traditional mechanisms built into software for delivering updates from working correctly.

Thanks to and their new Web Update Wizard Version 4.0, software developers can now replace their existing auto-update mechanisms with a simple plug-in component set, which can be added to their existing Windows applications with a single line of code.

The Web Update Wizard is driven by a Windows service, guaranteeing a seamless update experience for all users, whether or not they are administrators or limited users.

The new Web Update Wizard also works elegantly in corporates, where XP/2000 users do not have rights to their Program Files or other critical folders. It delivers updates automatically and without administrator intervention. It also works under Windows Terminal Services, even when multiple users are accessing the application which needs to be updated.

Adding the Web Update Wizard to any Windows software is an ‘easy win’ for developers, which customers find very attractive. The Web Update Wizard can be built into any Windows development paradigm which supports either calls to simple 32-bit Windows dlls or alternatively which can launch a Windows process.

No server side processing is required – the software developer just uploads a simple update script and the updated application file(s) to their web server. The Web Update Wizard client components download and process the script and determine whether an update is required. The Web Update Wizard has a built-in unzipping capability. It can interact with users in their own languages via customisable language files.

It can launch any number of Windows processes, either before the update or afterwards, in either the logged on user’s security context or the ‘Administrator’ (SYSTEM) context. The appearance of the Web Update Wizard dialog and progress boxes can be customised with the software house’s own logos, titles and colour schemes. A comprehensive log is maintained to enable tracking / debugging of update activity. The Web Update Wizard redistributable adds a maximum of 270Kb to a software installer.

The Web Update Wizard Version 4 runs under Windows Vista/XP/2003/2000/98ME and is available now for the special launch price of $129.95 USD for use with a single application. An unlimited application license is launched at the special price of $499.95 USD. There are no recurring or ongoing fees and support is provided free of charge for the first 12 months. PowerProgrammer take pride in providing fast, high-quality support, as evidenced by the numerous customer testimonials available from their web site.

A free 30-day trial version of Web Update Wizard can be downloaded from the company’s web site. For more information, visit or send an email to

About PowerProgrammer PowerProgrammer is a wholly owned subsidiary company of Data Perceptions. Data Perceptions has been trading since 1998 and is the developer of Prophecy, a multi-user sales forecasting system used world-wide by corporates for sales forecasting and business planning (see

The Web Update Wizard evolved into a separate product out of a project that Data Perceptions conducted on adding automatic software updates to Prophecy.

The PowerProgrammer ‘brand’ was created to distinguish software aimed at helping developers versus software aimed BI (Business Intelligence) audiences.

The Web Update Wizard was first released in 2002 and is currently delivering automatic updates to thousands of computers across the world.


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Press Release Submitted On: May 24, 2007 at 7:12 am
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