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#1 bgreen776

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:22 PM

I'm running windows 7 Ultimate, and want to do a "clean"ish install, but am on a very slow Hughesnet sat. internet connection, I'd like to back up my windows updates so I dont have to download them all over again. (could take a week!)Is there a way to back them up, and re-install them without imaging the entire system?

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:36 PM

In a word no. As explained here: http://www.vistaheads.com/forums/microsoft-public-microsoft_update_catalog/461102-backup-windows-7-update-files-possible.html

Windows 7 (and Vista) update differently than previous Windows editions.
They downloaded updates can *not* be reused in 7/Vista because they come
down as packages that compromise the updates. Component Based Servicing
is the mechanism that installs them, stores previous versions of files,
etc. That mechanism did not exist prior to Vista.
So, the only way you can reuse updates is to manually download them from
either the MS Download Center or the Microsoft Update Catalog and save
them for future use.
Sorry, but that's the way updating Vista/7 goes nowadays.


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Posted 22 May 2012 - 03:18 PM

Here's some help for next time. Next time you rebuild pc, get all updates done then make an image. I use Macrium Reflect Free Edition.

Then 6 months from now if you need to re install you only have to grab 6 months worth. Really speeds up the process.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 04:48 PM

There are also some tools which will let you save Windows updates for the future use (like in your case), or get them on another computer (with faster internet) and install them on your computer.
See here: http://www.smartestcomputing.us.com/topic/39392-save-downloaded-windows-update-files-for-re-use/

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