Performing Actions on Patches

Right-Click Menu

You can right-click on any patch in the middle pane of Machine View and perform a number of different actions. For example:



Enables you to deploy (install) patches or service packs currently missing on the machine(s) selected in the top pane. See Deploying One or More Patches to a Machine for more information.

Uninstall Selected

Enables you to uninstall (rollback) the selected patch. See How to Uninstall Patches for more information.


Enables you to download to the patch download directory the selected patches or service packs. See Downloading Patches for more information.


Enables you to delete selected patches from the patch download directory.

Open Bulletin(s) in Browser

Displays the related Microsoft security bulletin within a Web browser.

Add to Patch Group

Enables you to add the selected patch(es) to an existing patch group or to a new patch group. See Creating and Editing a Patch Group for more information.

Set Criticality

Criticality is the user supplied threat and severity level associated with a particular vulnerability.  While Shavlik can reasonably evaluate the general threat posed by a patch, even the most critical patches will not always warrant a sense of urgency in organizations in which the vulnerability poses little or no threat.  Therefore, Shavlik Protect provides a mechanism to allow the administrator to assign a custom level of criticality for each patch. Criticality can be assigned by clicking Set Criticality and choosing one of the options from the shortcut menu.  If you assign a custom criticality to a patch, the flag displayed in the lower pane will change to the appropriate color.


(Red) Critical

(Orange) High

(Yellow) Medium

(Brown) Low

(Gray) Ignore

(Clear) Criticality not set

Add Comment

Enables you to add your own specific comment about the patch.

Expand All

Expands all patch and informational trees in the middle pane.

Collapse All

Collapses all patch and informational trees in the middle pane.

Export selected patches to CSV

Export information about the selected patches to a Comma Separated Values (CSV) file. The CSV file can then be used within a spreadsheet program.

Keyboard Shortcuts

The following keyboard shortcuts are available: