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Windows 7: Batch download for updates? Recently restored image

09 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP 1
Batch download for updates? Recently restored image

Hello all! I recently restored W7 Home Premium from an image, made using the W7 backup/restore tool. The hard drive I made the image on completely died, thus I restored the image to a different drive, different manufacturer. Now all of my updates are gone, or at least several months' worth. I do still have SP1 thankfully, as that's what my W7 retail disk contains.

I don't want to download and install so many updates. I think that computer is telling me I need 100+ updates. I've had no luck, or maybe I just don't know where to look, for batch downloading updates on the MS site.

Is there a place from which to get a gaggle of updates as a batch file, an ISO file, or anything else? I'm missing things which are right under my nose these days.


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09 Apr 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

It is possible to do that.

However, that is for people making an image - i.e. use a special tool to integrate updates into a customised .wim image for future deployment.

There is no advantage in doing it for an installed version of Windows.

Just download and install via windows update.

Best solution is to get updated via windows update first.

Next, make a backup of your installation using macrium or paragon or acronis , etc.

The free macrium reflect is very popular

Next time - you can restore that backup instead of installing from the dvd.
Of course all the updates will be included in your restored backup.
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09 Apr 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

There is no such utility - WIndows Updates is the best way to go.

My preference is to hold all .NET updates until last, and then install those one at a time, with reboots.
As far as teh rest are concerned, I tend to do all Security updates at one fell swoop, then the other OS updates, then .NET - only then do I look at the Recommended and Optional ones.

This brings the number of Reboots down to around 10 - and keeps the hands-on time reasonable.
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09 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP 1

DRAT! I have slow DSL (1Mbps) and I'm loathe to do them thus. But I shall.

Thank you both very much for putting an end to my search for such a thing. That does save me a lot of time. Thanks also for the tip on the order for greatest efficiency, NoelDP.

Much appreciated!
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09 Apr 2012   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Try doing it on 3G with a not-very-reliable connection, like I do!

Good Luck
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