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#1 Tomo2

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 03:28 PM

I have just reformatted my HD and installed XPSP2 after it dropped out on me (again :flowers: ).

Anyway I was wanting to know if there was a good reliable way to get all the updates to this date packaged to install in one go, without having to use annoying automatic updates. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated :thumbsup:

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 05:12 PM

The process is called Slipstreaming
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Posted 03 January 2008 - 06:34 PM

I just recently read about this interesting project that may help you out: http://www.theatticnetwork.net/about.php
Haven't tried it out myself.
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Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:04 PM

I've just run across these two projects in the last few days.

"Windows Update Downloader"
also known as WUD
http://wud.jcarle.com/
At the forum, there is also a little program called UpdateHammer that looks promising for integrating for automatic installs.
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showforum=147
They also cover slipstreaming.

and
http://www.heise-security.co.uk/articles/80682/0
Nice wiki with pictures that are of the more recent version:
http://michaelboman.org/wiki/index.php?title=CTUpdate
They say this one doesn't download all the updates, but the most important ones for security. It creates an ISO for burning with an auto run for installing.

Each one has their own pluses and minuses, but they're better than nothing after reinstalling Windows. They also include some Office Updates.

I've tried them both for downloading and archiving the backups I need. So I now have backups current to the end of 2007 and every 2-3 months I plan to get the new ones to stay reasonably current. I have not had the opportunity to try out how they work to install yet; but if push came to shove, all the updates could be manually installed individually.

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 04:55 PM

Thanks guys, I grabbed nLite and made an up-to-date XP install and then had to use it when I found I couldn't install Ubuntu so I had to format and install both. My PC will now hopefully hold itself together untill XPSP3 come out with all updates bug free :thumbsup:

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 05:33 PM

I can't see the difference between these programs and autopatcher which microsoft had pulled from the internet

guess they will shut these down too in time
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