Saving Windows Updates Files On The Hard Drive (POSReady Updates Included)

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  1. Lex24

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    This topic has been mentioned in the past and the application usually suggested was WSUS Offline Update. However, they stopped official support for XP long time ago and POSReady updates are not available. The solution which allows downloading and saving all POSReady updates (until 2019-Apr-05) on the hard drive is Windows Update MiniTool:

    https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img921/1843/mPNgUf.png

    1) Click on green button to refresh Windows Update database (no KB...exe files get downloaded at this point).

    2) Click "Select All". This is the best option considering that XP update servers may get shut down any time now.

    3) Click on blue button. This will copy URL links for all selected updates to the clipboard.

    4) Paste the content of the clipboard to a text file. Let's name it download.txt:

    Code:
    [ Security Update for Windows XP (KB956572) ]
    http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/secu/2009/03/windowsxp-kb956572-x86-enu_a2463f484318332e8319dd931c87b27cf747b2de.exe
    
    [ Security Update for Windows XP (KB952004) ]
    http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/secu/2008/11/windowsxp-kb952004-x86-enu_28e11ce4e9083f84c7b9903716904a94dc6b7280.exe
    http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/secu/2008/11/windowsxp-kb952004-x86-enu_09e9035221a8d945e27f97508213436068aca018.psf
    http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/secu/2008/11/windowsxp-kb952004-x86-express-enu_bb1028e1f5de91ab2a0466a8f0903d43f141a323.cab
    
    5) Remove all comments, empty lines and lines with cab and psf files. Linux sed or grep command should work but the comments start with a square bracket and it just won't work out of the box. So for now let's just perform manual removal:

    Code:
    http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/secu/2009/03/windowsxp-kb956572-x86-enu_a2463f484318332e8319dd931c87b27cf747b2de.exe
    http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/secu/2008/11/windowsxp-kb952004-x86-enu_28e11ce4e9083f84c7b9903716904a94dc6b7280.exe
    
    6) Now you can use wget in Linux to download all the files straight from the server. The process is much faster than Windows Updates run in IE8,

    Code:
    wget -i download.txt
    
    There should be some similar command available in XP's command line box.

    7) WUMT can also be run in Offline Mode, which allows checking updates on a machine without internet connection. To get Offline Mode working you need to get file "wsusscn2.cab" from Microsoft and place it in the same directory as WUMT file:

    Code:
    // Any directory
    wumt_x86.exe
    wsusscn2.cab
    
    Offline Mode only allows getting a list of missing updates, there is no way to download any files. As long as WU servers are working Online Mode might be a better choice as it seems to offer more optional updates.

    8) WUMT also has an option (red button on the screenshot above) to download KB files to:

    C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

    However in that case you get cryptic file names in the Windows Update format.


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    WUMT download links (from the developer and from Major Geeks):

    https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/windows-update-minitool.64939/

    https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/windows_update_minitool.html

    File wsusscn2.cab is available from Microsoft:

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/wua_sdk/using-wua-to-scan-for-updates-offline

    More information:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...dows-update-offline-scan-file-wsusscn2-cab-is

    https://win10.guru/toolkit-item-windows-update-minitool-wumt/
     
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    Could you upload downloads.txt for us to use? Thanks. ;)
     
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    Actually, I'll upload it myself. This is from an XP machine with SP3 installed, no updates beyond that.
     

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    In the first post (#6) I suggested using wget in Linux to download all KB...exe files from the server. I didn't realize that wget is also available for Windows. The command is the same as in Linux:

    Code:
    wget -c -i download.txt
    
    Parameter -c means "resume download in case of interruption". I have never tried running wget in Windows. If anyone is interested, the latest version can be found here:

    https://eternallybored.org/misc/wget/
     
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    Update: wget won't work with POSReady 2009. I have tried v1.11.4-1 and v1.20-3 and there were DLL errors popping up with both versions. But it should work with XP.
     
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    They did not drop XP support long time ago, they did just remove POSReady links since the last version released back in 2014 but few other updated versions have been released till 2019

    The definitive version is 9.2.6 it was me who ever convinced its developer to gather POSReady updates into the same package
    BUT it's a shame some updates are missing according to Update Mini Tool and it takes almost two hours to get eveything installed (NET framework updates included)

    So I don't really recommend that tool over anything else. I would just download everything from Windows catalog and do a script as you have done with wget tool. This way you can get other updates depending on your installed software
     
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