Unfortunately for PatchMateXP, this breaks a license with Microsoft and they shut themselves down before they got into legal trouble.
This got me thinking – is there a way to get MS Updates on DVD or CD?
My findings were quite interesting.
After tons of digging, I found this Microsoft Knowledge base article: 913086
At that link, Microsoft provides ISO files that contain all of the security updates by month. They update it regularly.
This works fine if you are already patched up, and just need a few months. What if you need all of the patches for Vista, XP, or 2003? That won’t really help.
I dug some more, and I came across a free utility called Offline Update. You can download it from here.
It allows you to create an ISO file with patches for a specific version of Windows. It gets around those pesky legal issues by having you download the patches to generate the ISO file.
To use it, download the package from the above website, and extract it into a folder. In the root directory you will find a program named UpdateGenerator.exe
Launch it, and you will see that it has a simple, but effective interface:
It even includes patches for Office – a nice bonus.
Select the patches you want, and click start.
A command line window will popup and it will download for hours or days, but eventually it will finish.
When it completes, you will find the completed ISO file in the folder named ISO under the root:
In my case it was the 64 bit version of 2003/XP patches.
Want to know the coolest part?
The ISO it builds is more than a collection of patches, it includes a custom program that will automatically install all of them in one shot.
Simply pop your burned DVD into the drive, and a window will show up:
Don’t be confused by the list of options, it is just giving you a choice on non-patch items included in the ISO.
If you just want the patches, simply select nothing and click start. It will only install the patches that have not been installed on your system:
That is all there is to it. The program will install all of the patches, reboot, and the system is up to date.
Now, I can burn that ISO, and give it to my friend Brett, since he lives in an Internet dead zone.
This little utility can be a huge time saver. I highly recommend it.
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