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#1 rhoadesb

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 03:44 PM

Can this be done, and if so how?

I use dial up. The updates already exceed 175mb. I occasionally have need to reformat and restore my system. I would like to back the updates up to CD after most of the critical ones are once again in my machine, but how?

The update routine does not say where they are on the PC, or if they can be backed up and later used in place of downloading all of them yet again.

Thank you.

Edited by rhoadesb, 31 December 2010 - 03:50 PM.


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Posted 31 December 2010 - 03:51 PM

Would it not be simpler...and more complete...if you just back up or image your entire system partition?

Seems to handle the reinstall situation better, IMO.

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 04:29 PM

Thanks for the reply.

Maybe, I don't know. And I don't know how to do that either. I would prefer what I said however.

And Happy New Year to you too.

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 06:15 PM

You can also download each update with out using the Windows Updates. Download each one and put on a USB drive or Disk. It may take a while the first time but you will have them for the next time.
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Posted 31 December 2010 - 06:36 PM

Save Downloaded Windows Update Files For Re-Use: http://www.smartestcomputing.us.com/topic/39392-save-downloaded-windows-update-files-for-re-use/page__p__146444__hl__%2Bwindows+%2Bupdates__fromsearch__1#entry146444

Creating an image of your hard drive is an excellent idea...

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 01:48 PM

Thanks to all that replied, particularly Broni. Your data was A+.

Aconis sounds like a fantastic program. If I get two pennies to rub together maybe I will test/purchase it.

Meanwhile the link(s) you provided has just the kind of data I was after.

May your troubles be few, and you pleasures many. Thanks again.

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 02:31 PM

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 12:14 PM

So...

I'm trying to use WUtool and I'm getting the error message:

"Windows Update fail."

Any ideas what's going on with that?

I seem to be having difficulty getting to the homepage of WUtool, I don't know why.

Edited by rhoadesb, 02 January 2011 - 12:18 PM.


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Posted 04 January 2011 - 02:52 PM

for others with similar problems who looks here:

I'm having a degree of success with Autopatcher http://www.autopatcher.com/ . There is a forum there about it.

Edited by rhoadesb, 04 January 2011 - 02:53 PM.


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Posted 18 January 2011 - 12:33 AM

Final update, to help others:

I ended up downloading Vista SP1 and SP2 from Microsoft ... using dialup. It took about 37 hours, mostly at night and when the PC was idle. I'm now using apup to hopefully get the newest updates, or at least I think that's what's happening. ;). I'll store all of it away for when I have to reinstall again.

Thanks. Your information helped a lot!




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