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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:24 am
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One of the core aspects of the PunkBuster system is the automatic update feature.  As new versions of PunkBuster files are made available for download from our Internet-based Master PunkBuster Servers, the PunkBuster software running on Players' and Admin's computers will attempt to retrieve those new versions and perform an automatic "self-update" function in the background without interrupting gameplay.  For most users, this occurs automatically and seamlessly.  Since PunkBuster Servers require all connected Players to be running identical versions of all PunkBuster files in order to be authenticated for "clean" online play, the automatic update facility inside PunkBuster is an important component of the overall system.  PunkBuster will retain older versions in case there is ever a need to connect to a Server that is still running old versions of the PunkBuster software.

All PunkBuster update files are stored in special compressed HTM files and can be opened with any Internet Web Browser.  We have designed and implemented a robust method for securely delivering updates from our Master PunkBuster Servers to Regular PunkBuster Servers and then on to computers that have Enabled the PunkBuster Client software.  Great care has been taken to design and develop the system such that only authentic PunkBuster files will ever be accepted and used by the PunkBuster System during the auto-update process.

There may be times, however, when it is necessary to manually update a PunkBuster System.  For instance, if there is no Internet Access available and multiplayer gameplay is occurring in a LAN environment.  Or perhaps, there is a temporary routing problem causing locally running PunkBuster software to not be able to "find" any Master PunkBuster Servers whereby an update can be obtained.  There may also be times that the PunkBuster Team offers pre-release beta versions of PunkBuster software for manual download so that it can be tested before broad distribution.  For whatever reason that may come up that requires a manual update, we have prepared a separate section, called 'Updating PunkBuster' on our website at Even Balance.


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