Save Downloaded Windows Update Files For Re-Use

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on August 18, 2008

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Trouble:

You download lots and lots of windows update files from Microsoft. One fine day if your Windows gets ill and need a re-install, you will have to again download all those Windows Updates after a fresh install on windows. It is such a waste of time.

 

Another case is when you have a computer which is not connected to Internet, what will you do in that case? So the question is:

 

Can I save the Windows update files for re-use?

 

 

Fortunately the answer is Yes! Saving the windows update files on a disk will help you install these files on a fresh installation of windows or to install these updates on a computer which is not directly connected to Internet. For this we can use some tools. Lets see the details of what these tools do and how they work.

Fix:

We came across two tools that save Windows Update Files to disk for future use. Lets see them one by one:

 

AutoPatcher

 

AutoPatcher is a tool that will check what all updates you need and will download them for you. It will install the updated and will save them on disk for re-use if needed. To know more about this tool, see this page.

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autopatcher

 

WUtool By MajorGeeks

 

WUtool is again a windows update tool developed by MajorGeeks. This tool will control the download and installation of windows update files and save Windows Updates files in a special folder. This is a lightweight tool which is very useful. Download link at the bottom of the post.

Windows-update-tool-by-major-geeks

 

Hope you find these tools useful. For more such information in your inbox for free, click here.

Download AutoPatcher | Download WUtool

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Jaime1079 August 19, 2008 at 7:26 am

WUtool is cool! I’ve been waiting so long for such a utility. Thank you Abhishek.

Pradeep August 19, 2008 at 12:35 am

Hi Abhishek,

Thanks very much.Very good information about patch updation.

Thanks,

Pradeep

aaryan August 28, 2008 at 4:17 am

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YOU ROCK MAN !!!!!!
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ali February 18, 2010 at 12:16 pm

How can i be sure these tools are safe and will not download fake updates?

Rohit February 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm

@ali
If you are suspicious about the source of any kind of software, i would suggest you not to use such softwares. Either try for some legitimate source , else look for some alternative software from a legitimate source.

Neel Sengupta November 17, 2010 at 9:56 am

What about the updates that I have already downloaded? Can I save them now? I am specially worried about Win XP SP3 update. Looking forward to your response.

Mazin December 4, 2010 at 4:58 am

or check this location in your hard drive
%WINDIR%\SoftwareDistribution\Download\

harry June 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm

sir, i hav already update window 7 (about 500 mb)…on very slow speed internet…and it will not possible to update again ……how could i save them in .exe extension for installing windows next time….Looking forward to your response.

Yasser August 5, 2011 at 6:42 am

I have a problem like harry’s. I’v already update windows 7 (about 469 MB) and looking for a solution to make downloaded files in “%windir%\SoftwareDistribution\Download” Reusable. Advanced thanks.

Tipster August 12, 2011 at 1:53 am
Hani October 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Thank you very much

Anand February 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I have my laptop windows xp over the years I have updated 100s of updates to go from SP1 to SP3 and .Netframeworks etc .. I want to how to store all those updates I have in my laptop in an external drive so that I can use them when I go for factory reset. Cheers

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