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 Windows 10, 8.1, and 7, Windows Server 2012, 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit), and 2003.


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