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Windows 7: Manually installing updates - where to place files?

10 Dec 2014   #1
red454

7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
Manually installing updates - where to place files?

I do a lot of Win 7 installs, and the update process on a fresh install is a bit painful.

So I downloaded all the current Win 7 updates (roughly 6GB) from the Windows Update Catalog and what I want to do is place them in the proper place (folder) so Windows Update will see them and install them.

Otherwise it looks like I have to install each one separately, which saves on bandwidth usage since there is nothing to download, but still takes a long time which of course partially defeats the purpose.


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10 Dec 2014   #2
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Hi red, in the future try this:
Slipstream Windows 7 SP1 into a Installation DVD or ISO File

I believe the default location for updates is:
C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

Not sure about them installing. I'll let someone else comment on that.
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10 Dec 2014   #3
red454

7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I forgot about slip streaming. I did that with XP a long time ago... I will look into it. Thanks.

And then if I understand how Windows Update works, if the new updates are placed in the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download folder, Update should recognize them and install them accordingly. That would be the ideal situation. Install Win 7, then dump all the updates in that folder and let Windows Update install all the updates.

Chime in (anyone) if I am wrong...
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11 Dec 2014   #4
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Windows Update will NOT see ordinary update files placed anywhere - you would need to put the files into a WSUS store and force the machine to use WSUS for the necessary updates first, rather than normal WU.
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11 Dec 2014   #5
red454

7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
Windows Update will NOT see ordinary update files placed anywhere - you would need to put the files into a WSUS store and force the machine to use WSUS for the necessary updates first, rather than normal WU.
Thanks - I didn't know what WSUS is, so I searched and found:

How to install all downloaded Windows Updates with the wusa.exe?

I downloaded the software and it appears that it will do exactly what I need to do.
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11 Dec 2014   #6
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

That's OK if you're certain that all the updates are required - I don't know what would happen if a not-required update was forced to install this way
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11 Dec 2014   #7
red454

7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
That's OK if you're certain that all the updates are required - I don't know what would happen if a not-required update was forced to install this way
Good point - I have a couple spare units with which I can experiment. I will post the results in a few days.
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11 Dec 2014   #8
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

I'd be interested to see the results! - I don't have enough spare time to do that sort of testing myself
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11 Dec 2014   #9
red454

7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
I'd be interested to see the results! - I don't have enough spare time to do that sort of testing myself
I had some time this evening and gave it a shot. I get this console error:

Medium does not support Microsoft Windows <w61 x64 enu>

ERROR: Medium neither supports your Windows or your Office version.

Where do I need to put the updates? Which folder?
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