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Stoopid question: how to download MS patches?

(yes, Windows Updates are a no brainer. That's not exactly my question...)

Here is what I would like to do. I would like to download Windows updates en masse and burn them to a CD, so that I could update a Windows XP system in the field (for instance) w/o access to a high speed connection.

Can do? If so, how? I don't even know what to look for.

Bored Bystander
Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Most have a Qxxxxxx number, and you should be able to download the standalone "hotfixes".  I'm sorry I don't have a web page to refer you to.

I have also seen people rip the links from Windows Update to get the fixes, but I haven't done it myself.

Walt
Wednesday, June 09, 2004

http://www.microsoft.com/security/bulletins/default.mspx

Has all the bulletins - the first page in a bulletin is non-techy - you have to click on "get more technical information" which then gets you to a page where you can download the patch

DJ
Wednesday, June 09, 2004

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/current.aspx

That may be a even better link (you can limit it to just one platform)

The only problem is you have to download each patch separately.

DJ
Wednesday, June 09, 2004

I'm not sure if this answers your specific question, but it talks a lot about how to apply hotfixes:

  http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/downloads/servicepacks/sp1/hfdeploy.asp

John C.
Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Or you can do it on one PC and then grab the temp folder it uses to download them to.

The updates get stored on your hard disk in the form:

<GUID>_<KBNUMBER>_<PLATFORM>.<EXE|MSI>

(or some other order of that information)

Chris Ormerod
Wednesday, June 09, 2004

I've caught several references recently in the MS oriented blogisphere about a free(?) security CD available from Microsoft that contains all the patches and hotfixes through February 2004.  Perhaps that would be a good baseline, as it's a pain to download all the patches individually.  Then you could just update from there onto a new CD.

Sorry I can't offer any links.  I'm sure a nose around http://www.microsoft.com/security/default.mspx would turn it up if it really exists.

offMyMeds
Wednesday, June 09, 2004

The service packs are of course the best centralized source of these updates.  Win2000SP4 is somewhere in the area around ~100MB.  WinXPSP1 is ~120MB.  Look for the network install downloads or the 'offline edition'.  The same goes for the .NET frameworks (1.1 is 23MB).

You can also find your fully-updated machine, copy the 'Windows Update Setup Folder' or WUTemp or whatever they call it, copy all files to a CD, drop it in the client machine's directory of the same name, and run Windows Update from that machine.  Especially with things like the IE6 installer, this checks the local folder before downloading, saving you .... yes, all of the downloading.  You can actually run the ie6setup.exe from any folder, anywhere, but I don't guarantee the same results for hotfixes and such.

Note that there is a different set of CAB files for each operating system, so you'd have to maintain a Win2000 .CAB folder and a WinXP .CAB folder.

lazier than thou
Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Guys, thanks very much. Very helpful.

Bored Bystander
Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Bored,

a really convenient way to keep up with MS downloads is the Microsoft Download Center RSS feed at http:www.tundermain.com/rss/

Also very convenient is the Microsoft Security Bulletins feed at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/secrss.aspx

Just me (Sir to you)
Thursday, June 10, 2004

http://www.tundermain.com/rss/

Just me (Sir to you)
Thursday, June 10, 2004

http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/catalog/en/default.asp

"Choose from a variety of updates that you can distribute over your network. "

Make sure you access the site with IE.

ICBW
Thursday, June 10, 2004

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