PSI is dead and people keep asking me what do I recommend, the answer is SUMo but there is also Patch My PC which actually really do update your applications with a single click.
Patch My PC was founded in 2011 by Justin Chalfant. Their official website shows 7 people involved in this product for PR, Testing and the program code. The program itself is freeware and can be used for Windows 7 up to Windows 10. The company provides a full documentation including a FAQ which you can see here. The official forum offers support and in case something is missing you could do a bug report or feature request right over there.
There is also a special version for Windows XP, the normal version doesn’t support XP anymore, this legacy version can be downloaded here.
- Updates over 300 common apps including portable
- Ability to cache updates for use on multiple machines
- No bloatware during installations
- Applications install/update silently by default no install wizard needed
- Optionally, disable silent install to perform a manual custom install
- Easy to use user interface
- Installs 64-bit apps by default on 64-bit windows
- Optionally choose to install 32-bit apps on 64-bit Windows
- Change updated and outdated apps color for color blindness
- Option to automatically kill programs before updating it
- Portable and only about 1.5MB
- Create a baseline of applications if installing on new PC’s
- Quickly uninstall multiple programs
- Scan time is usually less than 1 second
- Set updates to happen on a schedule
- Skip updates for any application you don’t want to update
- Suppresses restarts when performing application updates
- Green – means the application is installed and up to date
- Red – means the application is installed but outdated
- Black – means the application is not currently installed
Command Line Options
You can start the executable with the following command line parameters.
- /s Will run any needed updates automatically with no graphical interface.
- /auto Will run any needed updates automatically with a graphical interface.
Using Patch My PC
Unless other applications you can download the updates trough Patch My PC directly which basically downloads the update from their servers. The program by itself checks for latest program updates (or on a manually set schedule).
The program is very easy to use, the user interface is a matter of taste and the good thing is that the program has the ability to export it’s settings, the PatchMyPC.ini will be exported to the same location as the program executable – which is useful in case you have multiple systems, so make your changes – export it and then copy & paste the PatchMyPC.ini into the same dir as the PatchMyPC.exe.
The program is small in size it’s around 1.65 MB (similar like SUMo). It requires Internet access (no shit!) and .NET Framework which should be pre-installed in Windows so you don’t have to be worried it will work straight after the installation.
Comparison with SUMo
The export settings mechanism is also missing in SUMo (well you could manually export and import %appdata%\KC Softwares\SUMo but it’s not as comfortable as with Patch My PC which offers a handy .ini file to store its settings.
SUMo also lacks of the ability to schedule update checks and this is really a nice function to have, from what I know this is planned in future SUMo versions.
Patch My PC offers a freeware program which supports bulk downloads and installations which is really nice, among with the export feature and the schedule feature it could help admins to keep an eye on their software.
I haven’t found any hidden ads annoying offers or other things within the program and that’s also a reason why I can recommend the program.