Windows 2000

When I download updates for windows machines, are these updates copied to a folder somewhere before being executed.

Is it possible for me to find this folder, save the update files and reuse them the next time I reinstall windows, instead of sitting waiting for loads of files to download ?

Can I do this especially with windows 2000, 2003 server and maybe even XP ?
Europa MacDonaldChief slayer of dragonsAsked:
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WSUS is a good way to manage Windows Updates.  All patches are downloaded to a central server and you can choose which ones to distribute to your machines.

To create a single portable package with all the updates you can use AutoPatcher.
Look for a folder called: C:\WUTemp

You have to copy the updates after the download, but before they install. They're automatically deleted after being installed.

Alternativly, each update has a number associated with it that you can search for on the Microsoft website and download a installer for each from there ( for information and download links...
You can also use the Windows Update Catalog ( and add the downloads you need to your basket and go from there.

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Europa MacDonaldChief slayer of dragonsAuthor Commented:
thanks guys
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