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mrbigmouth502

I have a folder full of updates that I need to install. Help!

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So, I'm fixing a computer that has XP Home SP1 installed on it, and it desperately needs updates. I have all of the latest XP updates downloaded using Windows Updates Downloader, but no way to install them all at once without sitting there for a few hours and mindlessly clicking through dialogue boxes. How can I write a batch file to go through and install all of them?

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First, install SP3 then use this...

echo hotfix post SP3...
for %%a in (*.exe) do (
start /wait %%a /quiet /norestart /nobackup )
pause

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submix8c    89

Open Notepad and copy/paste this into it

@echo off
if exist "%~dp0dirlst.txt" del dirlst.ext
if exist "%~dp0exerunr.cmd" del exerunr.cmd
dir /od /b "%~dp0*.exe" > dirlst.ext
echo @echo off > exerunr.cmd
FOR /F "usebackq delims=" %%a in (dirlst.ext) do (
echo start "" /wait "%~dp0%%a" /QUIET /NORESTART >> exerunr.cmd
)
echo exit. >> exerunr.cmd
REM start "" /wait "%~dp0exerunr.cmd"
del dirlst.ext
REM del exerunr.cmd
exit.

then save it "somewhere" as "exerun.cmd". Now copy the file to each folder and run it. It will generate a file called "exerunr.cmd" - run that and wait. I'm not sure WHICH ones MIGHT fail (not knowing WHICH files you downloaded) but its should work for MOST of them.

Note - Regardless, run the SP3 FIRST by itself (no need for the "cmd" files).

edit - DOH!!! Alright, -X-, ya beat me! Mine just sorts them by date/time ascending.

edit2 - errr - never thought about "nobackup" before... either/or...

edit3 - WUD downloads Categories to separate folders...

Edited by submix8c

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submix8c    89

Nope... MAY not work...

1 - Security Updates (87) <-These WILL install with CMD AFTER SP3

2 - Non-Security Updates (15) <-These WILL install with CMD AFTER SP3

3 - Service Packs (1) <--Install First

4 - WMP 11 Updates (20) <-These WILL install with CMD AFTER you download WMP11 and install (not included)

5 - MS Security Products (2) <-These may NOT install with CMD

6 - Optional Updates (7) <-These may NOT install with CMD

I haven't downloaded the whole set BUT can tell you that SOME of them MIGHT install with a different set of parameters.

You can open the "UL" file with Notepad to determine which went into which group.

Also note that IE8 will require additional Updates (AFAIK).

Go to -X- website for more info.

edit - noticed at least two IE8 Updates in the List#1 - install IE8 FIRST (downloaded in Optional).

Edited by submix8c

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submix8c    89

Unsure about this one - Windows-KB890830-v4.16.exe

Mistaken about WMP11 (it's in the download)

Mistaken about the IE8-WindowsXP-KBxxx (seems to all be there)

So... the first one MAY not work that way.

SOME WindowsXP-KBxxx may not work that way (probably OK though)

Procedure -

1 - Run the Script against what you've collected

2 - Install IE8

3 - Collect the IE8-WindowsXP-KBxxx and run the script against them

4 - Install Mediaplayer11

5 - Collect the windowsmedia11-kbxxx and run the script against them

6 - Install all others accordingly/as you desire (manually?) (DotNet, etc)

7 - Check via Windows/Microsoft Update to see what got "missed"

ONE of the "Security" ones (other than the one I gave above) is Windows Antivirus - you may/maynot want that.

OTHER Optional (#6) are whatever you want.

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