Whenever you reinstall Windows in your PC, it takes a week to download and install the automatic updates/patches that are required to make your computer immune against known security issues. In this post, I am going to guide you towards downloading these updates onto a flash drive or virtually any other location you may want. Doing so, has a lot of benefits. If you’ve got an Internet Connection with a Bandwidth Cap, you might want to use it for downloading more valuable stuff than the same old Windows Updates. If you’ve got a relative who has a computer without an active Internet Connection you can patch their system with the updates you have and the best of all – you don’t have to download updates onto your PC every time you re-install the OS.
Start by downloading Windows Updates Downloader (WUD). Remember that .NET is a pre-requisite to use this software, so make sure that you have the run-times installed on your PC before you get started.
As soon as you open WUD for the first time it will show you a pop-up like the one below. You will now have to get an Update list.
Update List: Updates lists are like Playlists on a Media Player. If you need the updates of Windows Vista 32-bit; you will have to download the same from WUD’s website.
Visit this page for a collection of Update lists. Sadly, Update lists aren’t available for Windows 7, but since Seven hasn’t had a Service Pack till now it’s understandable.
After downloading the Update list, click on the file and it should automatically get integrated into the program after which you’ll see a pop-up like the one below.
You can now open the program and choose the updates you want to download. It’s always advisable to download all the ‘Important’ updates while you can definitely make choices with the ‘Optional’ ones. After you are done choosing hit the ‘Download’ button.
You can now find the files downloaded files under Documents/Windows Update Downloader (by default). The files are all in the regular Hot-Fix format and can be installed normally like you do with other programs.
As of now Windows 7’s lists aren’t available which is a big downer. But, this software is nifty nevertheless.