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  1. #1
    Innocent Lady Guest

    How to save updates downloaded via Automatic update

    I have some low disk space problem with Automatic updates. Articles I have
    read on the topic normaly say that I should delete and uninstall unnecessary
    files and programs, which I have done so many times that I left with fewer
    files and programs. majority of space is taken up by these updates. I want
    to know where the Automatic update downloads the updates so that I can move
    those to some other place, and how can I reuse those downloads again same
    computer or on another computer. I found downloads in "c:\windows\software
    distributions" folder, and some other hidden folders starting with a "$" sign
    followed by update name, what is the importance of those folders. sholuld I
    remove those or not ?

  2. #2
    MowGreen [MVP] Guest

    Re: How to save updates downloaded via Automatic update

    Innocent Lady wrote:

    > I have some low disk space problem with Automatic updates. Articles I have
    > read on the topic normaly say that I should delete and uninstall unnecessary
    > files and programs, which I have done so many times that I left with fewer
    > files and programs. majority of space is taken up by these updates. I want
    > to know where the Automatic update downloads the updates so that I can move
    > those to some other place, and how can I reuse those downloads again same
    > computer or on another computer. I found downloads in "c:\windows\software
    > distributions" folder, and some other hidden folders starting with a "$" sign
    > followed by update name, what is the importance of those folders. sholuld I
    > remove those or not ?


    Do NOT delete *anything* from the $hf_mig$ folder !!!
    It's a storage folder that is needed to determine which branch an update
    is on. There are 2 branches, QFE and GDR. The former are *usually* Hot
    Fixes that are obtained directly from MS for specific issues limited to
    certain system that are experiencing those specific issues. The latter
    are General Distribution Releases that apply to a much broader base of
    Operating Systems.

    Description of the contents of Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows
    Server 2003 software update packages
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824994


    If you need to save space advise you to delete the updates' uninstall
    subfolders that have been created in the WINDOWS directory [folder].
    IF an update is not causing an issue it is safe to remove said uninstall
    folders. To view them you will need to show hidden files, folders, and
    system files:
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tuto...l62.html#winxp

    Instructions for deleting the $NTUninstallxxxxxx$ folders and the
    subsequent entries for them in Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel
    are here: http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/spack.htm

    MowGreen [MVP 2003-2008]
    ===============
    *-343-* FDNY
    Never Forgotten
    ===============


  3. #3
    Innocent Lady Guest

    Re: How to save updates downloaded via Automatic update

    The reply from"MowGreen [MVP]" was very helpful, Only one thing remaind
    unsolved to me is that: How to reuse those downloads, incase of a clean
    install on same computer or an other computer ? I hope "MowGreen [MVP]" or
    some other person has the answer.

    "MowGreen [MVP]" wrote:

    > Innocent Lady wrote:
    >
    > > I have some low disk space problem with Automatic updates. Articles I have
    > > read on the topic normaly say that I should delete and uninstall unnecessary
    > > files and programs, which I have done so many times that I left with fewer
    > > files and programs. majority of space is taken up by these updates. I want
    > > to know where the Automatic update downloads the updates so that I can move
    > > those to some other place, and how can I reuse those downloads again same
    > > computer or on another computer. I found downloads in "c:\windows\software
    > > distributions" folder, and some other hidden folders starting with a "$" sign
    > > followed by update name, what is the importance of those folders. sholuld I
    > > remove those or not ?

    >
    > Do NOT delete *anything* from the $hf_mig$ folder !!!
    > It's a storage folder that is needed to determine which branch an update
    > is on. There are 2 branches, QFE and GDR. The former are *usually* Hot
    > Fixes that are obtained directly from MS for specific issues limited to
    > certain system that are experiencing those specific issues. The latter
    > are General Distribution Releases that apply to a much broader base of
    > Operating Systems.
    >
    > Description of the contents of Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows
    > Server 2003 software update packages
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824994
    >
    >
    > If you need to save space advise you to delete the updates' uninstall
    > subfolders that have been created in the WINDOWS directory [folder].
    > IF an update is not causing an issue it is safe to remove said uninstall
    > folders. To view them you will need to show hidden files, folders, and
    > system files:
    > http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tuto...l62.html#winxp
    >
    > Instructions for deleting the $NTUninstallxxxxxx$ folders and the
    > subsequent entries for them in Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel
    > are here: http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/spack.htm
    >
    > MowGreen [MVP 2003-2008]
    > ===============
    > *-343-* FDNY
    > Never Forgotten
    > ===============
    >
    >


  4. #4
    TaurArian Guest

    Re: How to save updates downloaded via Automatic update

    Hi there, you can't reuse automatic updates for a fresh installation.

    You can however save updates for future use -

    You can also download individual updates from the Catalog and save to be installed later.
    http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Home.aspx
    Click Add button for each update you want to download. Once you have what you want, Click
    the "Go To Download Basket" link. Type in or browse to the location where you want the
    updates saved to and then Click the "Download Now" button.
    Once downloaded, you can then burn them to CD.

    How to download updates and drivers from the Windows Update Catalog or from the Microsoft
    Update Catalog
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323166

    Other links which may be of interest:

    Search for a download
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/s...displaylang=en

    How to install multiple Windows updates or hotfixes with only one reboot
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/296861

    For security and other patches released for a given month :
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec.../ms##-***.mspx
    Replace ## with the two-digit year
    Replace *** with the three character month abbreviation

    Providing there are releases for that month, you will see the list of "critical"
    "important" patches for that month
    Check on the 2nd Tuesday of each month - later in the day.

    For just the current listing:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/current.aspx


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    http://taurarian.mvps.org
    ======================================
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    "Innocent Lady" <InnocentLady@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:193F04F1-DBA9-4CF8-B895-F90DBCEB1C17@microsoft.com...
    | The reply from"MowGreen [MVP]" was very helpful, Only one thing remaind
    | unsolved to me is that: How to reuse those downloads, incase of a clean
    | install on same computer or an other computer ? I hope "MowGreen [MVP]" or
    | some other person has the answer.
    |
    | "MowGreen [MVP]" wrote:
    |
    | > Innocent Lady wrote:
    | >
    | > > I have some low disk space problem with Automatic updates. Articles I have
    | > > read on the topic normaly say that I should delete and uninstall unnecessary
    | > > files and programs, which I have done so many times that I left with fewer
    | > > files and programs. majority of space is taken up by these updates. I want
    | > > to know where the Automatic update downloads the updates so that I can move
    | > > those to some other place, and how can I reuse those downloads again same
    | > > computer or on another computer. I found downloads in "c:\windows\software
    | > > distributions" folder, and some other hidden folders starting with a "$" sign
    | > > followed by update name, what is the importance of those folders. sholuld I
    | > > remove those or not ?
    | >
    | > Do NOT delete *anything* from the $hf_mig$ folder !!!
    | > It's a storage folder that is needed to determine which branch an update
    | > is on. There are 2 branches, QFE and GDR. The former are *usually* Hot
    | > Fixes that are obtained directly from MS for specific issues limited to
    | > certain system that are experiencing those specific issues. The latter
    | > are General Distribution Releases that apply to a much broader base of
    | > Operating Systems.
    | >
    | > Description of the contents of Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows
    | > Server 2003 software update packages
    | > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824994
    | >
    | >
    | > If you need to save space advise you to delete the updates' uninstall
    | > subfolders that have been created in the WINDOWS directory [folder].
    | > IF an update is not causing an issue it is safe to remove said uninstall
    | > folders. To view them you will need to show hidden files, folders, and
    | > system files:
    | > http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tuto...l62.html#winxp
    | >
    | > Instructions for deleting the $NTUninstallxxxxxx$ folders and the
    | > subsequent entries for them in Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel
    | > are here: http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/spack.htm
    | >
    | > MowGreen [MVP 2003-2008]
    | > ===============
    | > *-343-* FDNY
    | > Never Forgotten
    | > ===============
    | >
    | >



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