Install XP updates manually?

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February 5, 2010 at 10:03:24
Specs: Windows XP Pro, -
I had to reintall my system a few months ago and I
went through the automatic update process, but then I
realised not long down the line I was going to need to
reinstall the OS again anyway, and I realised I should
have downloaded the updates separately. Not wanting
to download several hundred megs of files again just
to keep as a backup I found all the updates windows
update had already downloaded stuffed somewhere, I
believe they were in the C:\WINDOWS folder

Anyway i rescued them all, and zipped them up. And
have now come to reinstall the OS again, only I've got
all these folders labelled KB with a number, and inside
each folder is another folder called update. Inside
THAT folder is an exe called update, but when I run
this exe it just pops up an error saying the install.ini
couldn't be found to configure my system.

Is it possible to install these updates somehow or will
i end up having to download them again anyway?

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February 5, 2010 at 10:36:54
This is a good question. I am not sure of the answer but have some ideas.

I suggest you do the following. Set Windows to never download updates. Then go to the Windows update site and check for updates using the custom install method. When you do that you probably will be prompted to install a program necessary to install the updates. Go ahead and do that but don't install any of the updates Windows lists. Instead exit that site.

Now try installing the updates you saved again. If successful then go back to the Windows update site and use the custom install method to have Windows select which updates you need. Then review them and download only the updates that you actually need. I never allow hardware drivers to be downloaded from there.

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February 5, 2010 at 10:50:20
Thanks for the response. I just tried your suggesting and it
didn't work, however I've made a cock up. The installer isn't
saying the install.ini can't be found, its saying the update.inf
can't be found, if that makes any difference.

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February 5, 2010 at 11:35:52
My question to you is why do you have to reinstall XP multiple times?

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February 5, 2010 at 15:39:56
The folders in question are uninstall folders used by Add/Remove programs to uninstall a specific updates as numbered.

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February 5, 2010 at 15:46:43
Chuck 2

I didn't think of that.

smeee, your best route is to slipstream the SPacks & updates into the files on your current WinXP CD. Then you wouldn't need to download them each time. Try using nLite OS to slipstream them. Get nLite OS at the link below.

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February 5, 2010 at 15:52:19
I think you can download Updates in the form of a file(s), without it being installed, using the information here ---
How to download updates and drivers from the Windows Update Catalog

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February 5, 2010 at 16:03:19
The only problem with downloading the distributable versions is you first need to find out which updates you need.

You could go the the update site as I described before and write down the required updates after SP3 is installed and then go to the site Chuck has linked to get them.

Go to the link below for SP3 and other distributable downloads. Type in the search box what you are looking for.

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February 5, 2010 at 16:15:51
Um, I would say it would be easier to get a cup of coffee and sit back while you download the updates.

I had a few computers that would not update online so I manually downloaded all the 130 or so KB's(it does suck) and made a batch file that installs them one by one in the order they were supposed to be installed. Took me half a day to complete it, but it works.

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February 6, 2010 at 06:20:05
Well, needless to say I gave up and downloaded them all again.

However, I found that I could download the updates from microsofts site here:

I already had the folders with the KB number of each update so I just made a list of them, put them into the search field on that site, found the appropriate update intended for my system and downloaded it. Took me three hours but I got them all in the end and this time at least they're usuable installers. ANyway thanks for the replies.

My question to you is why do you have to reinstall XP multiple times?

I shall answer your question with a question; what difference does it make?

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February 6, 2010 at 07:38:38
"I shall answer your question with a question; what difference does it make?"

It would give us a general indication of your computer know-how. There are very few times when a complete reinstall is necessary, even less to have to do it twice within a very short period of time. People who jump straight to reformat/reinstall usually do so because they don't know how to fix things.

So what was the problem that prompted you to reinstall XP the 1st time? And what problem is prompting you to reinstall it a 2nd time?

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February 8, 2010 at 05:25:12

I like clean installs.

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