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Old 22-09-2013, 14:04
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I'm the go to person in my family for IT issues it seems so quite often am given a laptop to fix which normally just results in me formatting it and re-installing it all again.

Is there anyway to have most of the Win7 updates stored somewhere, even just SP1 which I can point a laptop too instead of having to download it all again? I've got a HP Microserver running Win8 so would be nice to just tell a device to look at that for the updates.

This would be a one time only thing, afterwards I expect the laptop to download the updates as normally.

Is there anything that does this out there? Or even just a way to download the updates and put them on a external hard drive?
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Old 22-09-2013, 14:13
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Win 7 SP1 download from here ...

http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/downl...s.aspx?id=5842
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Old 22-09-2013, 14:14
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Thanks.

When I hit on "Download" there are many different file versions to select. I haven't got a clue what to pick.
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Old 22-09-2013, 14:20
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I'm the go to person in my family for IT issues it seems so quite often am given a laptop to fix which normally just results in me formatting it and re-installing it all again.

Is there anyway to have most of the Win7 updates stored somewhere, even just SP1 which I can point a laptop too instead of having to download it all again? I've got a HP Microserver running Win8 so would be nice to just tell a device to look at that for the updates.

This would be a one time only thing, afterwards I expect the laptop to download the updates as normally.

Is there anything that does this out there? Or even just a way to download the updates and put them on a external hard drive?
Can't believe you're asking this question and don't have a slipstreamed SP1 install media for Win 7 for the machines with the drivers.

MS don't want you to do what you're asking, they want you to use WU. They've tried to actively stop alternatives.

WSUS would do it from the POV if you actually ran a domain.

So the short answer is no, the long one is "why would you bother?" Use WU.

Or, create a recovery image which you can install from a hard drive, which you update only after the major updates.
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Old 22-09-2013, 14:25
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Why would I bother? Because I don't want to have to download the same updates every couple of months. It takes ages on my net connection so I was just asking if there was a way to have the major updates stored somewhere to run locally.
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Old 22-09-2013, 15:13
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Why would I bother? Because I don't want to have to download the same updates every couple of months. It takes ages on my net connection so I was just asking if there was a way to have the major updates stored somewhere to run locally.
MS don't really care about that. It's not in their world view.

Plus, maybe educating the users about not f*cking up the machines every couple of months might go a long way. I find "Do it yourself, you messed it up" might let them appreciate where you are coming from.

You can download just about every update as a standalone installer if you like.

IE9 or IE10 stops a lot of updates.

Plus, why do you have to install the updates? Installed with drivers, activated if required, suitable AV/AM hand it back.
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Old 22-09-2013, 15:16
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MS don't really care about that. It's not in their world view.
And I don't care what their view is, I'm just asking if it's possible.

Plus, why do you have to install the updates? Installed with drivers, activated if required, suitable AV/AM hand it back.
Because I like to hand the machine back fully updated.

I really don't know why you seem to be going at me on this subject. I just came here looking for advice if this could be done or not. I'm just wanting to have the major updates - not all - just the large ones backed up somewhere to run again later if required. I'm asking if this is possible. Not advice on how I should deal with my family or their devices or what MS views are on updates.
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Old 22-09-2013, 15:22
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And I don't care what their view is, I'm just asking if it's possible.



Because I like to hand the machine back fully updated.

I really don't know why you seem to be going at me on this subject. I just came here looking for advice if this could be done or not. I'm just wanting to have the major updates - not all - just the large ones backed up somewhere to run again later if required. I'm asking if this is possible. Not advice on how I should deal with my family or their devices or what MS views are on updates.
You seem masochistic. I'm not going on at you, just hoping you can see sense. You can't fight trends or buck the system, just deal with it with the least hassle.

If you can't see where I'm coming from, then you'll remember this advice and realise it's message a little late.
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Old 22-09-2013, 15:26
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You seem masochistic. I'm not going on at you, just hoping you can see sense. You can't fight trends or buck the system, just deal with it with the least hassle.

If you can't see where I'm coming from, then you'll remember this advice and realise it's message a little late.
Excuse me? I seem masochistic?

I just came on here asking if I can download the large updates to save downloading them later. Alan F pointed me to where I can download SP1 and I then asked which file to select. Instead you then come on here asking why I should bother, why don't I just tell my family members it's their own issue to fix etc.

If you don't want to answer my question fine. But please don't try and act like your trying to educate me by pointing out this is the MS way of things and I should just deal with it when Alan F has given me a possible solution already.

I've also just found WSUS Offline which may be what I'm after too.
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Old 22-09-2013, 16:43
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Surely just making a back up disk of their laptop once your get it all nicely installed will save you 95% of the work?

When their laptop is messed up, just format, set the backup copying back to the laptop and go and make a coffee. Then just a few updates to get from the last couple of months that the back up doesn't have. Then before handing it back, backed the newly updated laptop to a disk again and it's all set for 2 months time.

All correct drivers, set up and updates to a couple of months ago.

And dare I say it, given clear printed instructions, it's something they could do themselves!
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Old 22-09-2013, 17:16
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Thanks.

When I hit on "Download" there are many different file versions to select. I haven't got a clue what to pick.
MS don't make it easy, do they?

The bottom 2 in the list are the ones that you are interested in ...

windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe if you are trying to update 64 bit Windows

windows6.1-KB976932-X86.exe if your Windows 7 is 32 bit

Check that you download the correct version.
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Old 22-09-2013, 17:30
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MS don't make it easy, do they?

The bottom 2 in the list are the ones that you are interested in ...

windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe if you are trying to update 64 bit Windows

windows6.1-KB976932-X86.exe if your Windows 7 is 32 bit

Check that you download the correct version.
Thanks Alan, this is exactly what I'm after.

I did think about making a backup image, but I would need to make about 5 or 6 of them. I really wish I could teach them all how to avoid getting the device full of malware but it's near impossible.
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