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1. (WO2014204505) DEPENDENCY BASED CONFIGURATION PACKAGE ACTIVATION

Pub. No.:    WO/2014/204505    International Application No.:    PCT/US2013/061091
Publication Date: Thu Dec 25 00:59:59 CET 2014 International Filing Date: Sun Sep 22 01:59:59 CEST 2013
IPC: G06F 9/445
Applicants: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
Inventors: KNICHEL, Jason C.
LENART, Adam
CAVALARIS, James G.
SIEFERT, Chad R.
ROTH, David J.
Title: DEPENDENCY BASED CONFIGURATION PACKAGE ACTIVATION
Abstract:
An update platform is described that collectively handles driver and firmware updates for hardware resources of a computing device based on dependencies associated with the updates. The update platform may instantiate representations of each individual hardware resource as abstractions through which detection, analysis, acquisition, deployment, installation, and tracking of updates is managed. Using the representations, the update platform discovers available updates, matches configuration packages for the updates to appropriate resources, and initiates installation of the configuration packages. The update platform is further configured to recognize dependencies associated with the configuration packages. When dependencies are detected, corresponding configuration packages are marked to reflect the dependencies and activation is suspended until the dependencies are satisfied. Upon satisfaction of the dependencies, the dependencies are cleared and the configuration packages are activated. Configuration packages that are not associated with dependencies may be installed and activated "normally" at any time.