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Patch My PC

CNET Editors' review

It's important to have up-to-date software, but the best time to update a program isn't while you're trying to use it. Patch My PC can automatically update Oracle Java but also Adobe Reader, Flash, Air, and Shockwave; Mozilla Firefox; Skype; Google Chrome; Apple iTunes and QuickTime; and many others. It's portable freeware that runs immediately when you open it, without needing to be installed.

Patch My PC's compact interface is packed with information. Though it's small and busy, it's also a standard Explorer-style layout underneath, with a toolbar/tabbed navigation console and main window displaying a list view of all our applicable programs color-coded by availability of updates. The console's tabs displayed "Common" programs, such as our browsers and plug-ins, and "Other" programs ranging from 7Zip to Yahoo Messenger, each with a check box for adding it to Patch My PC's scans. The Options/Tools tab let us select programs to skip, have the program delete desktop shortcuts after installing software such as Reader, and many other choices. A startup manager and uninstaller add extra capabilities. The program can also check for Windows Updates.

We made our selections, which basically involved adding Other programs to the scan and excluding some from the main list. We clicked Re-Check Software. Patch My PC turned up seven Common updates and three Other updates. We clicked Perform Updates, and the program automatically downloaded and installed all the updates we'd checked. We could click Cancel and Close to terminate the process. Patch My PC notified us of any outdated programs and even uninstalled them and reinstalled the updated versions, and also asked us to close our Web browser for an update. Patch My PC updated Google Earth and Chrome, VLC, Microsoft Silverlight, Skype, and others in just a few minutes. Running this simple but effective tool regularly can help you keep your system current.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast, efficient, super-lightweight update application."

    March 28, 2013  |   By Random007

    Version: Patch My PC 2.3.0.2

    Pros

    No install. Works well. Supports the usual suspects of software found on most PCs. Ad-free freeware. Install on a network share and run on any computer on a LAN.

    Cons

    In a muti-user environment, the same updates will have to be downloaded again and again - no getting around that without a caching proxy. The list of 'other' software is a bit arbitrary.

    Summary

    Wile it can't support every program ever written, it does deal with the most common ones. Quiet, fast and effective: highly recommended. (While the authors should not have written reviews or replied to the more deranged comments here, that doesn't detract from the excellent functionality of the program.)

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I have Firefox v.12, but it reports that I have v.10."

    May 26, 2012  |   By changboh7

    Version: Patch My PC 2.1.1.6

    Pros

    Fast automatic patching.

    Cons

    Reports wrong version(v.10) of Firefox when you already have correct version (v.12)

    Summary

    Manual intervention needed to correct wrong reporting.
    Otherwise an excellent automatic software patcher.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Utility"

    February 18, 2012  |   By Moshbmx

    Version: Patch My PC 2.0.8.1

    Pros

    Very useful for updating a existing PC and installing common software after a fresh install! It's portable

    Cons

    Could add more supported languages.

    Summary

    Great Tool will use from now on

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use"

    February 18, 2012  |   By marie41792

    Version: Patch My PC 2.0.8.1

    Pros

    Updated all programs it detected easy to use

    Cons

    I didn't notice anything

    Summary

    Useful Program!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Does not do a complete job."

    February 15, 2012  |   By wmanning

    Version: Patch My PC 2.0.8.1

    Pros

    Appears to be "very" easy to use

    Cons

    Does not seem to update all the software it finds - it wouldn't even update itself when I started it

    Summary

    I would not recommend this product

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Good idea but runs like an early Beta - lots of bugs"

    January 23, 2012  |   By Lyzonlightheart

    Version: Patch My PC 2.0.7.5

    Pros

    This program is a very good idea for updating many software utilities and windows updates within one utility program. PatchMyPC catches a lot of program updates overlooked by another good program, FreeApps. The initial start-up and search engine of PatchMyPC is good, for the interface shows what programs need updating, and what the newest version is of each specific program.

    Cons

    1. The main user interface is lacking adequate status information about what step PatchMyPC is at or currently performing.

    2. There is often no information listed in the status area about which program is currently being reviewed or updated.

    3. Checking or unchecking boxes in the options section sometimes results in unhandled errors, causing PatchMyPC to go into a crashed or semi-crashed state.

    Summary

    I think this is a good program for those folks who are technically savy, for you may have to fix some errors caused by this program or program updates that don't work.

    My over all recommendation is to wait about 3 to 6 months from the date of this post before trying PatchMyPC on your computer. Once the bugs are resolved, this will be a great utility program anyone could use who is running a Windows based computer to help keep their software up to date.

    Updated on Jan 23, 2012

    Also, please note that 3 of the reviews were written by PatchMyPC. The developers of this software may be trying artificially boost the review results. If this is actually the case, I would stay completely away from this product because the developer has no integrity.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "usefull software for update some programs"

    June 28, 2011  |   By capitanflorius

    Version: Patch My PC 1.1.4

    Pros

    Portable, completly free, vork well
    It can make window update also and other things

    Cons

    It is limited in software hat we can have.

    Summary

    Therefore this software is usefull for many users

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  • 5.0 stars

    "@ tiffythurman"

    June 9, 2011  |   By patchmypc

    Version: Patch My PC 1.1.1

    Pros

    PatchMyPC does not contain any security alerts. tiffythurman PatchMyPC doesn't have a uninstall option because it never gets installed. It's just a stand alone executable.

    Cons

    None None None

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  • 2.0 stars

    "SECURITY ALERTS!"

    June 7, 2011  |   By tiffythurman

    Version: Patch My PC 1.1.1

    Pros

    No Pros to be mentioned.

    Cons

    NO Uninstaller options.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works GOOD"

    April 5, 2011  |   By patchmypc

    Version: Patch My PC 1.0.2

    Pros

    Updates Software!

    Cons

    None None None

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