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Copy Win updates from HDD, Can I and Where are they?


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#1 Booh-kitty

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Posted 26 May 2016 - 12:14 PM

I'm wiping the HDD of my old PC to do a fresh install of Win 7, (I have my own installation disc).

 

Rather than re-downloading all of the updates, can I copy them to a disc and then apply them in the fresh install? I think can, but not sure.

 

I think I've found them on the old HDD, but I want make sure before I start wiping the drive.

 

 

Is this the file where they are all located?

 

Windows\SoftwareDistribution\download

 

Update%20files_zpswie5cl5l.jpg

 

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Posted 26 May 2016 - 12:50 PM

I found the following:

http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/how-to-download-and-store-windows-7-updates-46062.html

This 2012 article at the very least will give you ideas to ponder.


Edited by RolandJS, 26 May 2016 - 12:53 PM.

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Posted 26 May 2016 - 12:54 PM

If the installation on the hdd is in good shape, why don't you use a program like Macrium Reflect to clone the whole partition and install that on the wiped hdd.

 

Edited to add tutorial link for Macrium Reflect.


Edited by dc3, 26 May 2016 - 01:15 PM.

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Posted 26 May 2016 - 01:52 PM

The old HDD is from a different PC,different MOBO,CPU different everything. All different drivers.

If I can't get around it,I'll just have to download them. I have satellite internet or I have to tether my phone. I have limited data:-(

Wondering if I could download an installer that could install update files?
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Posted 26 May 2016 - 02:01 PM

If you're talking about an OEM Windows, you cannot transfer/move an OEM from one computer to another.  If you're talking about a retail MS Windows, you can transfer [move] that Windows from one computer to another license-wise, The best you can do, with the old HD already in the 2nd computer, is to fresh install Windows.


Edited by RolandJS, 26 May 2016 - 02:05 PM.

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Posted 26 May 2016 - 02:12 PM

I found Windows Update Stand-Alone Installers:

...W61-KB3020369[32].msu

...W61-KB3020369[64].msu

I'm not sure if one of the two above will be helpful to you.


Edited by RolandJS, 26 May 2016 - 02:13 PM.

"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

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Posted 26 May 2016 - 02:39 PM

That's awesome! Thank you. If neither of them work, I guess I'll be downloading them.

I'll let everyone know if this works.

My disc is not an OEM. I was lucky enough to get an incredibly good price on it when I was in college. Like $10 incredible for the full blown Enterprise edition.

I couldn't pass that up! I'm really glad I did too, because..... eh...don't like Win 8 & 10 so much. But I might need them some time in the future, which is why I'm putting on a second HDD in my tower.
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Posted 26 May 2016 - 03:26 PM

You are going to have to activate this installation, or after thirty days you will have very limit function of the operating system.

 

Do you have the proper product code for this installation?


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Posted 26 May 2016 - 03:45 PM

I paid for the installation disc long time ago. I bought the OS separate from the PC. I have the installation code.

I use this disc to reinstall a fresh copy of Windows when I wipe the drive. I used on my previous computer that I built myself. It doesn't matter what computer I put it on. I own the software independently of the hardware.

I assure you that it is a legal copy. Texas A&M has/had some kind of arrangement with Microsoft. I also got other software really cheap. Microsoft Office, CS3.

I just wish AutoDesk had an arrangement with my school. Now that is some expensive software!
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Posted 26 May 2016 - 03:50 PM

I bought the software on campus through the university, so I'm certain it's legal.
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Posted 27 May 2016 - 07:18 AM

I have no question about this being a legal retail copy now.  As a retail copy your are correct, it can be installed on one computer at a time, but can be removed from one and then installed on another. 

 

Microsoft has offered students great prices on their products for years.


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Posted 27 May 2016 - 02:34 PM

So it was concerns about legal ethics. I guess it must not be common for people to own their own installation disc. 😃

It's Not easy to know if someone wonders if I just don't something, or if they question my ethics. Considering how expensive software is, that is understandable.

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Posted 27 May 2016 - 03:52 PM

The majority of the members we respond to own OEM computers.  A OEM operating system is tied to the motherboard of the computer.  It is strictly one installation on that one computer.

 

I definitely was not questioning your ethics.


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Posted 27 May 2016 - 07:10 PM

...I definitely was not questioning your ethics.

And, neither was I questioning thread starter's ethics.

 

I'm back in now, lemmie finish my thought:

Booh-kitty, dc3, and all others here are honest folks and it's still not legal to run a red light.

Booh-kitty, dc3, and all others here are trustworthy folks and it's still not legal to speed down the road.

You see, what is legal and what is not legal has no connection whatsoever with the

honesty and trustworthiness, character, of any person or all persons here in BC.   :)


Edited by RolandJS, 27 May 2016 - 07:47 PM.

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Posted 29 May 2016 - 03:13 PM

 Guess what.  MS has come up with a composite update for Windows 7 that includes all updates from SP1 through April 2016.  You can download them here:

http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=kb3125574 .  

Note that the top one listed is for the 32 bit system, the 64 bit one is the 3rd (bottom) one.  Also I must tell you that good old MS will only let you download these on a Windows 7 system using Internet Explorer 11.   The 32 bit one is 316 MB and the 64 bit one is 477 MB.  

 

 Good luck.


Edited by Niweg, 29 May 2016 - 03:13 PM.

Make regular full system backups or you'll be sorry sooner or later.





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