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Force Windows Update without requiring user interaction - no network

We are a state agency and we will be proving a large number of PCs (Windows XP Professional) to entities that we do business with. These entities are almost exclusively based in private homes and the PCs will not be connected to our network. I want to configure Windows Update to run automatically and not require any user interaction other than to have them re-boot once the updates have been installed. I have worked with Windows Updates on Windows XP on our network and found that Automatic Updates requires user interaction, some times a number of steps are required, that is why I moved to WSUS on our network. Since these PCs will not be part of our network that will not be an option. These PCs will be connected via DSL and the users are not at all savvy. Does anyone know of a way to configure Automatic Updates in this type of environment so that it is completely automated? We would like to avoid purchasing 3rd party software if possible.
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hi there

Automatic Updates
 XP offers its users a lot of flexibility when it comes to configuring how the operating system handles updates. To configure 'Automatic Updates', open Control Panel and go to Automatic Updates. You can choose from one of four settings to receive automatic updates:

option 1 Automatically download recommended updates and install them (this is the recommended setting)
option 2 Download updates, but let the user choose when to install them (good for high bandwidth connections)
option 3 Notify user of updates and let them choose which updates to download (good for low bandwidth connections)
option 4 Turn off Automatic Updates (user will not receive any notifications; not recommended)

These options are availble in the lateset version of winXP i have  winXP version2002 which does not have the first option but the latest releases i mean released in 2005 have this option so the first option if selected WOULD LET u DO

Setting things to Automatic will automatically download and install all critical updates, with zero further user interaction required. Downloads occur silently and unobtrusively in the background at a scheduled time of the user's choosing. Installation will happen once the update is completely downloaded.

The whole process is very slick and seamless. The user will not have to do a thing in order to receive the latest critical operating system updates from Microsoft.


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