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Tony
05-04-2010, 12:39 PM
For reasons that aren't important here, I have re-installed Win XP several times recently on an old laptop, and of course each time MS wants me to download and install scads of updates. I realize I could just turn the updates off, but assuming I do actually want them, is there a way I can download them once and save them somewhere so I can re-apply them if I have to install XP yet again?

bevy121
05-04-2010, 12:55 PM
... you would need to make a new windows install disk using nLight or similar to "slipstream" the updates into - then when you do a clean install your windows will already be updated to about Jan 09

couple of update pack's here (http://www.ryanvm.net/msfn/updatepack-sp3.html) or here (http://xable.net/xp-sp3-update-pack-contents.html)

Speedy Gonzales
05-04-2010, 01:02 PM
Autopatcher. It'll let you select whatever then download them. Then I think you can burn them as an install file. Or download them manually and put them somewhere

bevy121
05-04-2010, 01:10 PM
that sound like a good way too Speedy

wainuitech
05-04-2010, 01:19 PM
Try Windowsupdaterdownloader (http://www.windowsupdatesdownloader.com/Default.aspx) you down load the program then in the same site ( along the top) download from the Update Lists, select what you want. Once both installed you can selct the OS/ or Office program Example (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Windows_Updater.PNG) and save them where ever you want for later use.

Terry Porritt
05-04-2010, 01:20 PM
Probably about time MS issued a WindowsXP SP4 before support runs out in July or whenever.

I use Secunia Software Inspector http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online/, or Belarc http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html to check upon what updates are needed, and then get them from MS Download Centre,
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/default.aspx.

It's the re-booting of individual updates that is the pain. I used to use Autopatcher, and I think that did it all without interminable reboots, but when it was pulled for a while after MS complained, I didn't go back to it, perhaps it is still the painless way to go.

Tony
05-04-2010, 10:09 PM
Autopatcher did the trick nicely. Thanks Speedy, and also everyone else for the suggestions.

Speedy Gonzales
05-04-2010, 10:17 PM
Sweet !

mzee
05-04-2010, 10:41 PM
Get hold of "Paragon" imaging program (on PC World CD 2 months ago).
Make an image of your C partition when the system is working well.

If & when you need to reinstall, all you do is boot from the rescue CD made by Paragon and restore the Image from the external drive, or other partition, takes 20 minutes tops. Nothing is lost 7 you don't need to activate it again.

I wonder why you have to reinstall? XP is usually trouble free.
Personally, if its running well, don't update it, and if you do an update, make an image first. Turn off the system restore, takes a lot of space and stors virus etc. If you have an image, system restore is redundant.

Tony
05-04-2010, 10:53 PM
Thanks for the suggestion, Mzee. I have been repeatedly reinstalling XP because of some hardware problems on my 10 year-old laptop. I agree XP is usually reliable. The imaging suggestion is an excellent one - once I have it all sorted.