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graysky

windows update - where can I find the files it downloaded?

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I'd like to use nlite to add the 59 updates that windows update just downloaded so that in the future, I don't have to download them again (long time on my slow connection). Are these files cached anywhere on my hdd so that I can copy them to a folder and include via nlite?

I did find a dir that has the right number of folders in it, but I dunno about the file format, it's as if the updates have been unpacked.

C:\Windows\Software Distribution\Download

Any thoughts?

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That is the correct folder, and yes, the files are unpacked in order to be installed. You can find the update number on the .CAT file. You can use the QFE folder to get the exact file according to the SP you have on your PC (SP2 or SP3). You can also manually run update.exe and they will install in the normal way.

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The updates installed via Windows Update can not be recovered to be used again. You need to download the executables. Take a look at my list and download them one by one or use Windows Updates Downloader(its around here somewhere - search).

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