|I am putting this under XP because that is what I am working with now but I guess it could apply to any version.|
It occurs to me that everytime I rebuild a machine from the factory settings, there is a lot of updates to happen before you get it up to date with all the windows updates that need to be applied. Certainly installing a service pack like SP3 certainly helps, but as of today I have noticed that there have been over 80 updates since SP3 was released.
It got me thinking that the the machine is a vunerable state while you connect it to the internet to download and install all these updates. No diferent that with virus scan software.
So I did some searching and discovered that you can in fact download windows updated from the windows update catalog page. So my thinking is now I could have all these updates downloaded onto a CD along with SP3 and be able to install all the updates before I ever connect to the internet.
Does this sound reasonable. I tried the download method today (on my current laptop - not rebuilt) as there were about 10 updates that were available.
I tried and Win XP update and an Office update. I noticed after applying both of them I can see the Win update under C:\windows (KB976325) but I don't see the Office update (KB975008). This leaves me wondering if this is viable or not.