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Sunday, July 10, 2011

How To Update Windows XP Offline


The American-British language based Heise website (http://www.heise-security.co.uk/articles/80682) is somewhat confusing to understand, but their script is useful and straightforward. 

I have used the method many times, so I am providing a simple description on how to update your windows xp using c't update.
Here are the quick steps..
1. Download ctupdate Version 4.1 of  from Heise's website.
2. Create a new folder and unzip the downloaded zip file ctupdate41.zip to that folder.
3. Double click the file " UpdateGenerator.exe " from the extracted files, in the options menu choose " Windows XP ", check " English " , check on " Create iso " for creating iso image of updates which you can burn on a cd. Now click start, this initiates the download of all required XP patches directly from Microsoft's servers.
4. When the script announces, "Download image creation successful," close the c't updater windows .
5. Now navigate to  ..\ctupdate4\iso folder and burn the iso image created to a blank cd using nero or any other iso burning software.
6. For Windows XP in English, that file is named " wsusoffline-wxp-enu.iso "
7. Insert the new autorun CD into the drive of the computer to be updated, click "Start" on the c't update pop-up menu, and go out somewhere while script does all the heavy job.
8. Every month, go through this process again, starting with Step 3, to update your system to latest updates. Now only new patches are downloaded, so downloads after the first one go much quicker.
This script driven offline windows update method is very convenient for new windows installations, routine updates and the library it creates is also a valuable data against that awful day when Microsoft abandons support of XP in favor of a sexy new OS Windows Vista. 

I have never had a problem with the c't update and I hope this little  explanation of offline update is helpful.

1 comment:

  1. gr8 tips. I have never updated XP in this way. I'll follow your tips when I update next time

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