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Copying Windows Updates to Removable Storage


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#1 Booh-kitty

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 07:43 PM

I want to wipe my hard drive and then re-install windows.

 

My problem is downloading updates. At the moment, I'm tethering my phone to my PC to get internet. I'm afraid that re-downloading updates would use up all of my data. 

 

What I would like to do:

 

Copy all Windows updates from my internal hard drive to my external drive and then re-install them later. 

 

Is this possible? 

 

When I right click on the installed updates from the control panel, I don't have an option to copy the file or locate it on my disc, only to uninstall it. 

 

When I look on the C drive, non of the files have modification dates that sync the Windows updates. Other than the Control Panel, I don't know where they are on my machine. 

 

If anyone knows how to do this, it would be greatly appreciated. 

 

Thanks :-)

 

For the record, just in case anyone is concerned....

I have wiped my drive before and re-installed Windows. I have the software to wipe a drive and Windows installation discs. 


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Posted 23 August 2014 - 08:41 PM

As I understand it Win updates are stored here

 

%windir%\softwaredistribution\download

 

You will have a HUGE job installing them one by one on a new installation though. It will take you a whole day at least.

 

edit: the reason being that you would have to install them one by one.


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Posted 23 August 2014 - 08:52 PM

Looking more at this though, I've seen it said by MVP's (MS Valuable Professionals) that it cannot be done, because you cannot tell which updates to install on the new installation...

 

Sorry about that, if I got your hopes up.



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 09:04 PM

Have you ever heard of a slipstream install? This may be usefull.

 

How to slipstream Windows 7 Service Pack - Tutorial

 

How to Slipstream Windows Updates Into Your Installation ...


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Posted 23 August 2014 - 09:07 PM

That would help in the future, should this ever come up again :thumbup2:



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 12:49 AM

No, I've never heard of slipstreaming, but it looks like I will. :-) I think I can figure it out.

Thanks so much!

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