How to enable completely automatic updates?

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Hi. I have a desktop and a laptop both having IDEA installed (IntelliJ IDEA 2016.1, Build #IC-145.257, March 15, 2016, JRE: 1.8.0_60-b27 x86, Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64). The checkbox "Automatically check updates for Early Access Program" is set in both instances. For some reasons unclear to me, there is a difference in their update behavior. When a notification about a new build appears and I click on it, the IDEA on my desktop opens a download page in a web browser (e.g.https://confluence.jetbrains.com/display/IDEADEV/IDEA+2016.1+EAP) and I have to download and install the new build manually, while the IDEA on my laptop automatically downloads a patch, applies it and restarts. What could be the cause for this difference? How can I configure the IDEA on my desktop to do completely automatic updates, as the other one does?

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Maybe one of the versions is getting some cached version of https://www.jetbrains.com/updates/updates.xml where patch is not available for your build number.

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It seems minor versions in update.xml (yyyy.r.n) only contain patches for the same release (yyyy.r). Only the first release (without minor versions) provides a patch for the previous release.

If I take my example:

  • I was still in 2017.1.2 this morning. When checking for updates, Intellij proposed 2017.1.5 and it was able to perform an automatic update
  • now I am in 2017.1.5. IntelliJ sees there is a 2017.2.5 available, but no patch for my release: it only proposes to download the new version – instead of performing the 2 steps 2017.1.5 → 2017.2 → 2017.2.5

Basically, this means that when a new release is out, you have to do the update ASAP, otherwise the next minor release that is out will prevent you from performing an automatic update.

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