Just found this.
For those that have been griping about the whole mandatory WGA, and further, the threat of future Microsoft “critical” updates that may or may not actually be useful or even work properly, read up on This Windows Secrets Newsletter, which details the Shavlik NetChkProtect alternative, can download and install patches as well as deploy these patches across your personal domain remotely and without the need for a client on the remote systems. It can also monitor and maintain patches for non-Microsoft products as well.
And it’s free for the first year for up to 25 PCs and very reasonably priced for subsequent years.
Frankly, with something like this I think Shavlik’s got a real winner on its hands. With the trust of Windows Update and Microsoft as a whole significantly shaken by the whole WGA debacle, this seems to be an excellent alternative that’s capable of everything WU does and more.
Bye bye, WGA.