rebuilding Win XP machine

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December 13, 2009 at 11:54:18
Specs: MS Win XP, unknown
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.

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December 13, 2009 at 11:58:34
Do a search for a program called nLite. You can use it to create a new XP disc with SP3, all the Windows Updates, drivers, etc slipstreamed onto it. You can even remove components you don't want, add the product key....

Aww, heck, I'll make it easy on ya:

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December 13, 2009 at 12:30:25
It should be viable, so I don't know why the Office update has not taken.

As an aside, I don't use Automatic Updates, which avoids me being put in that position if I ever need to reformat. I let MS do the donkey work on which updates appy, then get them downloaded as files and popped onto a CD before I let MS install them from Windows Update. You just have to watch out that you save the appropriate update versions, which sometimes relate to which IE version is installed. Not difficult tho if you keep the odd note in with the updates..

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December 13, 2009 at 18:36:34
hi Derek,

That sounds like a great idea. How do you get them to download a file?

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December 14, 2009 at 05:08:33

Not sure I've got your drift.

I go to Windows Update to get the KB numbers. Then I go here to get the associated files:

Once the files are saved I then get the updates installed using Windows Update.

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December 28, 2009 at 18:00:27
Hi Derek,

Sorry been busy with the Xmas season. Hope you had a good one.

I get what you mean now. I thought you were having the KB's downloaded automatically without you having to do any manual intervention.

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December 28, 2009 at 21:30:33
nLite only works for Win2000/XP.

There is a similar program called vLite for Vista and possibly Windows 7, although there are currently no SPs for 7.


Look at the link below for info on slipstreaming Office updates & SPs. The key is to get Administrative versions.

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December 29, 2009 at 09:16:17
Thx OtheHill, I'll boomark that link and look into it.
I've produced XP SP3 slipstreamed but hadn't considered anything else.

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