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Windows Update - Download Standalone MSU Installer File

How to Download the Standalone MSU Installer File of a Windows Update
Published by Brink
26 Feb 2011
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How to Download the Standalone MSU Installer File of a Windows Update

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A MSU (Microsoft Update) file is a standalone Windows Update installation file that allows you to manually install the specific Windows Update that the MSU file is for. You can double click on a MSU file to install it.

This will show you how to download the standalone MSU installer file for any Windows Update in Windows 7.

This can be handy if you are unable to install the Windows Update normally in Windows Update, or would like to use the MSU file to integrate (tutorial coming soon) into a slipstreamed Windows 7 SP1 installion ISO, DVD, or Bootable USB flash drive.
Tip   Tip
You can download the Windows 7 standalone SP1 installer at the link below.

Download: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (KB976932) - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

You can also use: Microsoft Update Catalog
NOTE: You may need to click on the Run Control option for the 'MUCatalogWebControl Class' if prompted, then close and reload the page to use this.





Here's How:
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on the Windows Update icon.

2. If the Windows Update is Installed on Windows 7
A) Click on the View update history link. (see screenshot below)
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B) Select and right click on the Windows Update (ex: KB2484033) that you want to download the MSU file for, and click on View details. (see screenshot below)
Windows Update - Download Standalone MSU Installer File-installed-2.jpg
C) Click on the More information link. (see screenshot below)
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D) Go to step 4.
3. If the Windows Update is NOT Installed on Windows 7
A) Click on either the important or optional updates are available link for the one that has the uninstalled Windows Update that you want to download the MSU file for. (see screenshot below)
Windows Update - Download Standalone MSU Installer File-not_installed-1.jpg
B) Select (highlight) the uninstalled Windows Update (ex: KB2484033) that you want to download the MSU file for, and click on the More information link. (see screenshot below)
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4. Your default web broweser (ex: Internet Explorer) will now open to the Windows Update download page for the selected Windows Update.

5. Click on the same 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Download the update package link as your 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Windows 7. (see screenshot below)
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6. If prompted, click on Continue and Download to download the MSU file. Save the MSU file to your Desktop. (see screenshots below)
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7. Right click on the downloaded MSU file, and click on Properties, General tab, and on the Unblock button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you are done.
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8. Repeat these steps for any other Windows Update that you want to download it's MSU file for.

9. When finished, close all opened Windows Update windows from above.

That's it,
Shawn



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15 May 2012   #1
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Shawn

No hurry for a response.

I have a Windows 7 OEM retail disk without SP1. So I can't make a sliptreamed disk. I already asked you about that a while back.
Want to do clean install on my new SSD that is on the way.

What I want to do is download SP1 now as you have in tutorial from Step 5 and then copy it to flash drive.
Install Windows on the new SSD and then the needed mobo drivers.
Next copy off the flash drive SP1 and then install as you outline in Step 7 in tutorial.

The reason is I can download SP1 now while I'm waiting for delivery of SSD. I can download it when I'm doing nothing else.
Transfering from flash drive later will be a lot quicker than waiting on the download.

If you have a better idea that would be great also.
Thanks in advance.
Mike


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15 May 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Mike,

If you like, you could download the standalone SP1 for Windows 7 at the link below instead to install it with.

Download: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (KB976932) - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details
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15 May 2012   #3
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Thanks Brink! Appreciated.
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15 May 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome mate.
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20 Nov 2012   #5
paul1149

Win7 Ult. 32bit
 
 

Shawn, sad to say it looks like .msu's are no longer available. exe's only.
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20 Nov 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Paul,

Odd, I still have MSUs available for updates.

What KB update are you getting an .exe for instead of .msu?
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20 Nov 2012   #7
paul1149

Win7 Ult. 32bit
 
 

Hmmm... I hadn't considered it might depend on the update. I was looking for kb2600217. Unless I missed it somehow.
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20 Nov 2012   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yeah, usually most updates will be a MSU. I guess since it's a program, it came as an exe instead.

Download Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Reliability Update 2 (KB2600217) from Official Microsoft Download Center
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Nov 2012   #9
paul1149

Win7 Ult. 32bit
 
 

Well then, it's good to know the msu's are still around. Thanks.
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