Backing Up and reinstalling Win. Updates after a reinstalation of WinXP.

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Graham, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. Graham

    Graham Guest

    I fear I might have to do a full reinstall of WinXP SP2 on my Dell laptop.
    Does anyone know if its possible to backup all the updates I can see in the
    Windows folder and then restall them after i've reinstalled Windows. It
    would save having to do the tedious task of downloading them all again.

    Thanks in advance.
    Graham, Aug 6, 2007
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  2. Unless you downloaded them and saved the actual installation files elsewhere
    when you installed them (did not use Automatic Updates) - then you will need
    to download them.
    Shenan Stanley, Aug 6, 2007
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  3. Agreed. IF the 'backups' you see in the Windows folder look like this
    $NtUninstallKB933566$, then those are the UNinstallation folders for the
    updates, not the updates themselves. Those folders can be deleted and
    the reference to them in Add/Remove Programs along with them:
    DO NOT delete ANYTHING in the $hf_mig$ folder !!!
    Those files are needed for subsequent updates to files contained in

    MowGreen [MVP 2003-2007]
    *-343-* FDNY
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    MowGreen [MVP], Aug 6, 2007
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