Which exe to execute for MS update

Toshiba / P30
September 4, 2011 at 22:33:47
Specs: Windows XP SP3, 3.2/512MB
I have started downloading windows updates so I can apply them offline after restoring my Norton Ghost image and then
taking a new image. I do this to make sure I am completey up to date with MS Updates and my virus scanner before connecting
to the internet. I have noticed that some updates have more that one exe file. For example Microsoft .NET Framework
3.5 Service Pack 1 and .NET Framework 3.5 Family Update (KB951847) x86 has the following exe files included with it;

IA64_AMD64_X86-all-dotnetfx35_x86_1aab3734ef80ad9a9ea342c887c3ea76340961e.exe
IA64_AMD64_X86-all-ndp20sp2-kb958481-x86_04fcde4b28dd4f6db7548831d35d1c6bf38e1335.exe
IA64_AMD64_X86-all-ndp30sp2-kb958483-x86_2b03b54c0972c16ab6ce75f42ac4877af87ce844.exe
IA64_AMD64_X86-all-ndp35sp1-kb958484-x86_8b5036b48590c52e3edba8e297cd3017b7a3043c.exe

I was wondering if someone could tell which exe do I execute or I am suppose to run them all and if so in what order?


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#1
September 5, 2011 at 05:38:10
Run them all in the order they are listed.

Stuart


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#2
September 5, 2011 at 09:15:55
Listed where? On the windows site it doesn't list the individual files, and I can't guarantee that windows explorer will show them in the correct order.

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#3
September 5, 2011 at 09:35:18
In the order they are listed in your post. They are the .exe files.

Stuart


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#4
September 7, 2011 at 08:19:03
hi Stuart.

I replied yesterday but I guess somethingw ent wromng because today I don't see it. Your suggestion helps with that particular KB, but what about others that have multiple files. Is there documentation anywhere on how to aplly each KB and what order to run them in?


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#5
September 7, 2011 at 09:40:32
All MS updates come in a single file. Either a single self extractinf .exe file as you have listed above as a .MSI (Microsoft software Installer) . There are no individual files to run them in.

Generally if you try to run an update that is dependant on a previous update then you will get a warning but other than that the order doesn't really matter. If you run an update that has been superseded by another that is already installed you will be told about it.

The MS Update site will sort out which one you need if you allow it to.

Stuart


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#6
September 8, 2011 at 15:20:10
Stuart,

I am confused. You say that 'All MS updates come in a single file' but as I have shown in my posy when I download KB951847 I get 4 .exe files. Doesn't seem like a single file to me.


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#7
September 9, 2011 at 02:33:59
Look a the KB numbers again, they are all different.

Stuart


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#8
September 9, 2011 at 23:10:43
Well that is even more interesting. Why would files labelled kb958481, kb958483 and kb958484 be included when you download KB951847. Am I the only one that finds this strange?

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#9
September 10, 2011 at 03:29:46
\probably because update system knows thatr if you install KB951847 to are alos going to need the others to go with it. The different ones would have been issued at different times. Dead simple really.

Stuart


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