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The MIT Windows Automatic Update Service (WAUS) enables the MIT community to utilize Microsoft's "Automatic Update" feature with a more conservative selection of patches - focused on critical security updates - than those available directly from Microsoft.

Available To 
Students, Faculty, Staff

Benefits and key features

  • WAUS may be used by MIT faculty, staff, and students on MIT-owned and personal machines.
  • Computers in the domain are subscribed to MIT WAUS by default.
  • Currently supports:
    • Microsoft Windows XP SP3 and above
    • Windows Server 2003
    • Windows Vista
    • Windows 7,
    • Windows Server 2008 32-bit and 64-bit
    • Windows 8
    • Windows Server 2012
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By using this service, you agree to have your patch installation statistics recorded by the server. These statistics are extremely useful for IS&T to determine what percent of the Windows community is protected when high-profile vulnerabilities arise and to warn system owners if that system failed to apply a particular patch.

Getting started