Solved How do I save my XP critical security updates

August 27, 2014 at 04:28:29
Specs: Windows XP, 1500
I have a serious problem. I'm on XP Home and my computer is crashing at least 5 times a day. From my past experience I could do a clean install and everything would be fine. I can't do it now because XP is not supported anymore and I have about 50 critical and other updates installed which I will loose. I have 2 other HDDs installed. Question: How can I save these updates for later reinstallment.

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#1
August 27, 2014 at 05:17:45
You can reinstall any existing Windows updates normally. There just won't be any new updates. Unless there's a specific reason you need Windows XP then you might want to think about upgrading to a newer version of Windows, assuming that your computer supports it.

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#2
August 27, 2014 at 06:22:24
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Once it has updated you could, if you wish, get the individual updates from MS and put them on a CD/DVD or Flash drive. It would be a tedious process though (I did this each time they arrived, which is easier). You can get them here:
http://test.catalog.update.microsof...

It could be worth doing because from past experience with Win 98, eventually the update website becomes rickety and updates go missing.

These two might be of interest if you are planning to keep XP:
http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

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#3
August 28, 2014 at 13:59:37
Go to the link below and download any updates you need. You do NOT need to install files from the linked site. You can burn them to disk for future use.

If you go to Add/ remove programs and show updates you can compile a list of all your WinXP updates. Then download THOSE KB****** files from the link below.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...

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#4
August 28, 2014 at 14:26:20
OtheHill

I'm probably having a dense moment but couldn't see where you got XP updates from with your link. Maybe I just didn't click around enough. They are at the first link I gave in #2, which is where I collected mine by KB number.

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#5
August 29, 2014 at 03:26:24
Thanks guys for your response. You were all of immense help to me. Just strange Derek I went to the first link you suggested and typed in the search window "All XP Critical Security updates" but only 13 were available. Surely there should be more than that. Now, do I have to do the same with Windows Explorer 7? I don't think so and what about the Service Pack 3. Will that still be readily available?. Is there anything else I need to do before I start the clean installation?

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#6
August 29, 2014 at 04:43:47
Dawie

Open Control Panel> Add/ remove programs. Show windows updates. There should be a list of updates and/or service packs that are currently installed on your computer. Many updates over the years are superseded by newer updates. All you should need are the ones listed there.

Make a list of those files and then in the Technet link I provided you can type in the KB****** file number to get that download.

I don't know of any way you can save installed updates unless they are currently in your download files.

Looking at your original post I wonder why you can't fix what is wrong with your current installation.

Have you tried to troubleshoot the current installation?

Are you sure the issue is NOT hardware related?

How long has the current installation been running?


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#7
August 29, 2014 at 05:38:55
Re #5

Depends what they mean by critical. What I had in mind is collecting each KB number in the search box, from the list of those received after automatic updates (same general idea as #6). SP3 should be there. Best number them, 001, 002 etc., so that if you ever need to install them they are applied in the order received.

Not sure what you meant by Windows Explorer 7. Maybe you meant Internet Explorer 7. You normally use IE for MS Updates, even if you use an alternative browser for everything else (good idea on XP).

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#8
August 29, 2014 at 12:27:51
Dawie, if you currently have items from MicroSoft, you can assume you needed them. Make a list of what is currently installed and go from there.

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#9
August 30, 2014 at 14:21:34
Thanks guys. I will do my best to make sense of all of this.

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#10
August 31, 2014 at 11:40:09
An independent developer will be releasing Windows XP Service Pack 4 soon, this will make it easier and more manageable to install all the updates since Microsoft couldn't be bothered to release another service pack for the last six years.

They have had the same attitude with Vista (5 years) and 7 (almost 4 years) which means you have to waste several hours downloading years' worth of individual updates.


ZDNet: Want Windows XP SP4? Unofficial versions are on the way

http://sdfox7.com


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#11
August 31, 2014 at 12:21:56
Well at one time I would have worried a bit about "unofficial" updates but the way MS are screwing up updates on Win7 onwards these days maybe they will be better.

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#12
August 31, 2014 at 12:43:16
Thanks guys. Maybe the easiest way out is to get rid of XP but which Windows version is presently the best? I was thinking of Win 7 but Derek you mentioned the problems with updates for this platform. So what would you guys suggest I do? Go for Windows 8 or something more recent?

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#13
August 31, 2014 at 12:49:36
Err...Have I said something weird on here - I couldn't spot it. Most of my responses were about XP as this was the stated operating system. There is no problem getting updates for Windows 7.

If you are planning on putting Win 7 on a machine that was intended for XP you need to be sure it is suitable and appropriate drivers are available.

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