- Download Links
- Using the WSUS Offline Update to Download all the Windows Updates
- Updating your Windows Installation Offline
- Checking Windows Update
WSUS Offline Update may be downloaded here:
The rest of the guide uses Windows 7 as an example. The procedure for patching Windows Vista and Windows 8.1 are identical.
The guide is focused on Windows 7 as there is no Windows 7 Service Pack 2 and it can hence take an extremely long time to patch Windows 7 fully using Windows Update. Theres about 200 updates to install for a Windows 7 SP1 Office 2010 SP1 configuration. The WSUS Offline Update has a means of “Automatic Reboot and Recall” where it makes a temporary administrator account, restarts the computer and begins installing the next batch of updates until its done. After its done the administrator account it makes will be deleted.
Windows 8.0 is not supported in this set of Windows Reinstallation Guides due to the many difficulties and problems caused by Microsoft in forcing Windows 8 Service Pack 1 (renamed Windows 8.1) through the Microsoft Store. For Windows 8.0 systems, its recommended to download Windows 8.1 directly and perform a clean installation. See Download Windows 8.1 OEM and Retail .iso and A Clean Install of Windows 8.1.
Downloading all Windows Updates Offline
The first thing you will need to do is extract WSUSoffline and open the extracted folder. Do this on a working computer connected to the internet.
In this folder launch update generator:
Select the version(s) of Windows you want to update. As I am managing multiple Windows 7 32 Bit and Windows 64 Bit installs, I have selected Windows 7 x86 and Windows x64. I have also selected Windows 8.1 x86 and Windows 8.1 x64 for the few installs of these that I have. The more Windows versions you select, the more you need to download. The Offline Updater when ran on a Windows install will only apply updates valid to it and the version of Office installed. I have little intention to install Windows 8.0 or Windows Vista again so I haven’t selected these.
I have also selected all the additional options to include the Service Packs, C++ Runtime libraries and . Net Frameworks, Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender definitions. I have also selected Windows Essentials 2012.
Next select the Office tab and select your version of Office. I am using Office 2010 and 2013 English as an example as I’ve no intention to install non-English versions of Office or Office 2007:
All the updates and the update installer will automatically be downloaded to the client folder.
- You can optionally select USB medium to copy the updates to USB media. Note the updates will be in the path of choosing and the client folder if this option is selected, personally I recommend just having them in the client folder and having the entire WSUS Offline Update folder in the external hard drive.
- You also have the option to Create ISO Images… A separate ISO image will be created to update each version of Windows and Office selected. The .iso images are particularly useful for those using Virtual Machines which use .iso images as virtual drives. You can also use them to burn DVDs if you like but I prefer USB media as its faster to download to and install from.
When you are ready select Start:
You will see a Command Prompt Window launch
WSUS will download all the selected updates from Windows Update and this may take a long time depending on your connection speed and of course the number of options you have selected. When its finished the command Window should close.
The updates will be downloaded to the client folder:
You will have an assortment of subfolders depending on the options you selected.
If you opted for the .iso file(s) these will be created in the .iso folder.
If you opted for the USB media, all the updates will be in the folder of your choosing as well as the client folder.
Updating your Windows Installation Offline
You simply need to copy your client folder over from your external hard drive to the C: Drive of the system you wish to update (If you selected USB media you can can copy the folder you specified to save the updates in opposed to the client folder – it doesn’t matter which one, their contents will be the same). Its recommended to copy the folder directly on the C: Drive so there are no permission errors when the automatic reboot and recall option is selected.
If on the other hand you are using multiple .iso files in a VM its recommended to load the Windows .iso in the VM before the Office .iso. There is no need to copy from the .iso to the VMs C: Drive.
Select Continue to provide administrator permissions to copy the folder.
Open the copied client folder on the C: drive open it up and run the UpdateInstaller.
Accept the UAC.
Then select Update Root Certificates, Install Internet Explorer 11, Update C++ Runtime Libraries, Install Microsoft Silverlight, Install .Net Framework 4.x and 4.0, Update Remote Desktop Client and Verify Installation Packages.
Select Install Microsoft Security Essentials (unless you plan using some other security software) and accept the warning.
You may also want to select automatic reboot and recall. This makes a temporary administrator user account without a password and restarts the computer after every set of updates which need a restart. It then launches the update installer automatically and continues installing all the updates. It continues doing this until all the specified updates are installed. The computer usually has to be restarted multiple times, You can essentially walk away for a couple of hours and your computer will be fully updated.
If you don’t select this you will have to restart the computer manually and relaunch the updater which can be time-consuming.
You should not have a user password setup for this, select yes at the warning about the User Account Control:
You will also have the option for Windows Essentials 2012:
I recommend unchecking Windows Live Messenger as its obsolete, superseded by Skype.
When ready select Start.
The command Window will open and Windows will begin to update:
Even with the automatic recall I had to run the Update Installer again. I ran it 3 times. Note some updates are black listed such as the Browser choice update which offers no benefit and is pretty annoying.
When WSUS is done the command prompt Window will look similar to mine and if you run it again you will get an identical results in the command prompt (i.e. no updates are installed).
Once done you can right click the client folder and delete it.
Select yes and yes again.
The folder should now be deleted.
Its now time to install the system drivers see Dell Driver Installation Order.
Checking Windows Update
Go to All programs, Windows Update.
Turn on automatic updating if its disabled.
Select the important updates.
Uncheck any updates you don’t want and if you really don’t want them right click them and select hide update.
I will do this with the Browser choice Update which is thankfully now removed from Windows Update.
Select Optional Updates and then select OK.
Select Install Updates and the Updates will now download.
If you have the Microsoft malicious removal update enabled accept the license terms.
The updates will download.
Once the updates have installed, select restart now.
Note the difference between 10 important updates and 1 of these rejected to the 150 updates required for the most up to date Windows 7 installation media from Digital River (with the Service Pack 1 with Media Refresh .iso).
After restarting check for any other updates. I had 7 optional updates so I just installed them.
Right click the Start menu and select control panel:
Select system and security:
Windows will check for any updates and present them to you if necessary:
Once its found the updates you can click on the important updates:
You may uncheck any updates you don’t want to install (optional). If you really don’t want to install them right click them and select hide update. I usually do this with the Browser Choice Update but this is thankfully now removed.
Select install when ready:
In some other cases some important updates won’t be checked and you can check these. For example the Microsoft .Net Framework Update.
You may also be presented with some optional updates such as Silverlight:
You can select the optional updates you desire and then select install.
Windows will install the important and optional updates you select. In some cases you may need to accept an additional license agreement:
Once the updates are installed you’ll be prompted to Restart:
You should then check for updates again.