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Windows 7: Any way to get automatic updates in reusable form?

27 Jan 2010   #11
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

One other method that would suit this constant re-install issue is a system image taken when all your standard programs are installed and all updates are also installed.

The other major advantage of this method is that it is normally substantially quicker to restore an image than to re-install the OS and your regular programs.

You may need to re-image once a month to include any patch Tuesday additions but It could save you a lot of time


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27 Jan 2010   #12
brocks

Win7-64
 
 

jimbo,

Thanks for the response. When VMWare changed the free VMPlayer to allow you to install a new OS on it a few months ago, I was very enthusiastic about doing exactly what you suggested. I found, though, that things just don't run the same on a VM. One of my favorite programs uses about twice the CPU on a VM as running native, and a lot of programs that access the net require a lot of tweaking to work anywhere near as well as they do native. Bottom line, VMs have not turned out to be useful for me except with the most trivial programs.

What I *do* plan to do, now that I've found a good free cloning program (Paragon's BR10 Free), is save a good base install, try out new stuff on a copy, and when I have too much junk on the copy, restore the base and add just what I know I want to keep, and then save that as my new base.

I will definitely slipstream SP1 when it comes out, but from what I've read here, that's several months away. My motivation for downloading the updates without installing them was to slipstream them, using NLite or something similar. Not sure if it will work with the files in the form Windows Update downloads them, but it's worth a try.
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27 Jan 2010   #13
brocks

Win7-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
One other method that would suit this constant re-install issue is a system image taken when all your standard programs are installed and all updates are also installed.

Thanks, I didn't see this until after I wrote my previous post. As I said, that is exactly what I plan to do.
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