Find, download and apply Windows XP patches on several systems automatically without SUS.

Posted on 2006-05-07
Last Modified: 2008-03-06
I have a home network of 5 computers all running Windows XP SP1 networked together. I am looking for a way to reduce the my broadband downloads by only downloading the patches once that are need for all the systems and installing on all the systems. I would be able to reduce my broadband downloads to 1/5 of the current usage.

Is there a way to find out the pathes for Windows XP SP1 or SP2 in a date range and just download them and then install them?

I have heard that there are freeware programs that do this but cannot find any as yet?

Hope you can solve this one...

Question by:Andrew Weppner
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    Hi andycomp,

    interesting i have only ever heard of SUS and WSUS doing this, will be interested to see responses
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    See if this helps:

    You should also be able to configure one system to Download the updates but NOT to install them.  Then look for the Microsoft temp folder and copy them out and then install them on the other systems.  I've never specifically tried that, but I've looked over it a couple times and THINK it should work (one system would be set to autodownload and NOT install, the others would all be set to notify).
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    Here is a complete list of all updates, patches and fixes --

    All you have to do is download what you want to one hard drive, and with all systems networked, they can all run the patch or update from the single shared hard drive.  Just share it on the network, and use the same NW protocols for all systems, with the same workgroup, and they will all find the drive.

    But why apply these patches on an SP1 only system?  It doesnt make sense.  Almost all patches are POST-SP2, so if you want to apply them, you apply SP2 first, then the other patches.

    You may not be aware, but SP1 is a perfectly stable platform without SP2, we have systems running SP1 without any problems at all, and will never "patch" them up to SP2 or higher.  They are behind a good router firewall, and never get infected, and if you are in the same situation, consider leaving them alone.  SP2 and higher patches can in some cases break applications that ran fine under SP1, and it can also break networking.  We had several cases where applying an SP2 caused an unrecoverable inability to network.  The system had to be wiped clean and reinstalled.
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    One way is to download the installers only this way you just pass them over to each computer, you  sound pretty savvy so I would imagine you could select the correct patches for each computer.
    I prefer to monitor which updates get installed myself.
    Here is the best site I use to manually download the patches/ installers only, this also comes in handy to back up to a cd, so that you can format and re-install.
    Delete all the old one. Please choose the operating system that suites and read the info on each.
    OS Updates: Patches & then some
    Cheers Merete


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