> Question: 1. Is it possible to make a copy (backup) of already
> downloaded & installed Windows Update files in my computer?
> 2. And then use those backup files to re-install the updates on the
> same machine (which was formatted & windows freshly reinstalled)?
> spec: Vista Ultimate SP2. 32-bit. HP. Intel Core 2 2.4GHz
> background: I wanted to format my HP and clean install vista. I'm
> using shared DSL line w/ other people, so my network is quite slow.
> I thought if I could make a copy of all the Windows Update files
> I've already installed and use it to update the fresh vista, I'd
> save a lot of time instead downloading it all over again.
> Do you think it's possible?
> Or any other approach?
> Thank you very much in advance.
> p.s. very much enjoy reading posts & replies here. find quite humor
> in many of 'em.
You didn't actually download the updates in the way you seem to think you
did. When you download the updates individually for future or portable
installations - they are in a different format than when you used automatic
updates to download/install them.
A shared DSL line shouldn't be horribly slow unless you have a dozen people
(heavy users really) sharing it and/or the DSL is not very fast to begin
with. A 3Mbit download/1Mbit upload speed (low-end) DSL should handle 2-5
normal computers/computer users pretty easily.
You could use several methods to get the downloads and keep them around -
but better yet - you shouldn't probably have to do a clean installation of
the OS very often. ;-) Use an imaging tool, perform standard maintenance
and keep good system backups.
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