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Windows 7: Preserve downloaded Windows Update files for re-use?


23 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Preserve downloaded Windows Update files for re-use?

I've just spent an entire evening installing Windows 7 Starter, then all the Windows Updates, on a Netbook with a 16GB HD; it got very full! Then I discovered RT Seven Lite so I'm going to have to do it all again!

Is there a way to preserve the downloaded Windows Update files, so I don't have to download them all again? I could obviously make a copy of the download folder, but I'm also not keen on having to install them manually.

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26 Apr 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Nigel,

You may be able to extract them using the free program in the tutorial below.
Windows Update - Extract an Update
If not, then you could download and save the MSU files for the Windows Updates in a folder on say an external HDD as a backup to be able use when including them in a slipstreamed installation disc created with RT Seven Lite.
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27 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks for the above. I've actually bitten the bullet and re-installed now, but it is handy info to have for the future.
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27 Apr 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome.
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