Google Updates and SERP Changes – March 2021

WebmasterWorld’s monthly look at Google’s SERPs changes.

Automating installing all Windows Updates and restart right now

Question in short

How to automate with Windows built-ins (batch/PowerShell) or freely available tools, prefereably command-line, following steps:

  1. Scan for all currently available updates on WU
  2. Download and install them right now (i.e. without any throttling/scheduling/backgrounding)
  3. Restart if necessary, closing whatever doesn’t closes automatically.

I’d also like something that triggers the same background mechanism behind existing WU in Setting panel, not something that will use separate infrastructure by setting up its own download locations or whatever.


I have a PC that doesn’t have regular restarts or fixed working schedule. WU is running, but all its auto-restart facilities are completely disabled so it won’t get in the way of the work at some absolutely inconvenient time. Sometimes a window of opportunity comes up when I can dedicate time to running a full cycle of updates. To do it manually I need to:

  1. Open WU settings
  2. Run “Check for updates” to reveal fresh updates missing for any reason
  3. Click “Download” and then wait arbitrary long time, because apparently this only schedules actual download and both download and installation are heavily throttled depending on PC load
  4. Wait until process is done and manually restart PC if necessary – trying to use “Update & Restart” from power menu often only installs already downloaded stuff and skips over what is not downloaded
  5. Restart often reveals previously hidden updates that DO NOT depend on what was just installed – Settings’ WU panel just seems to stop displaying new updates after at least one freshly installed requests restart

I’d like to automate all those steps and, if possible, reduce number of restarts.

So far I tried

  1. PSWindowsUpdate 3rd party module for PowerShell, but it seems to display different set of available updates – e.g. it offered me to install Silverlight – and whatever it installs does not appear in “View update history” list.

Settings' WU vs PSWindowsUpdate difference

  1. usoclient.exe looks promising, but there’s no official documentation for it and from some online examples of people cobbling up some working scripts, it seems there’s no reliable way to detect when all updates are done installing and it is time to reboot.

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Enable automatic minor core updates when root of site is a git repository

I have a client site that’s under version control using Git. The single repository is at the WordPress root level, but it is set to ignore everything except for theme and plugin files. I did some research into best practices and found some content on submodules, which I might try next time, but at the moment, I’m wondering if there’s a way to achieve both of the following:

  1. Keep the Git repository structured as is at the WordPress root but effectively only use it to version control theme and plugins in a single repository.
  2. Enable automatic WordPress core updates and get around this error: This site appears to be under version control. Automatic updates are disabled.

This site appears to be under version control. Automatic updates are disabled.

updates – LineageOS updater missing

I am running lineageos on oneplus7 gm1901. the current installed build is lineage_guacamoleb-userdebug 10 QQ3A.200805.001 3be2b5da98.

at some point after the last OTA update, the updater menu in Settings > System > System Updates disappeared. i only noticed it as there hasn’t been an update for quite sometime. searching in settings app returns System Updates as a result but clicking on it just takes me to the System menu wherein System Updates is still missing.

The device is rooted va Magisk.

deployment – How to manage configuration file updates when deploying new application version?

Given an application having:

  • Configuration Files (xml or json)
  • An Automated Deployment Process

After the deployment the configuration files can be modified by users.

When deploying a new version of the application, the new version can include new configuration properties, one would like to add the new configuration properties and preserve the old properties values.

For Example:

<!-- OLD -->
  <path value="C:App" />
<!-- NEW -->
  <path value="F:Ppa" />
  <errorMessage value="ERROR!" />
<!-- EXPECTED -->
  <path value="C:App" />
  <errorMessage value="ERROR!" />

How to manage this properly given considerations such as:

  • the application is deployed in multiple production environments
  • the config files can have arbitrary structure and nesting

So far we considered several solution but each have a considerable drawback:

  • Use Xml Semantic Diff Libraries -> Does not handle well some edge cases (detects add/remove as change)
  • Create format specific logic -> Requires changes whenever the structure is modified
  • Store the configuration property/values in the database (SQL) -> Would require substantial rework in the application

Google Updates and SERP Changes – February 2021

WebmasterWorld’s monthly look at Google’s SERPs changes.

entities – FileField Path only updates when “Retroactive update” checked and Internationalisation D9

Developing on D 9.1.3 and File (Field) Paths Version: 8.x-1.0-beta, Pathauto

Two questions:

1, I am using FileField Path to get Tokens (entity field product taxonomy) in File Path settings and it only applies when using “Retroactive update” field checked. Path are then created successfully, however on new product creation, path are not applied. Any areas to check why this would happen?


2, On the above the path created looks something like this:
I have tried to exclude folders created “product-category”, a, and wording hreflangengame-toys via Pathauto, but no success.

The goal is to have the path from a Taxonomy entity reference created to something like this:

Any hints at what to poke at?

Thanks much.

Who else been affected recently but Google updates?

literally , my organic traffic drop till very low day by day