Update Microsoft Windows Without An Internet Connection

There are still folks out there that I know personally that are on a dialup internet connection and not by choice. Broadband service just is not there and any mention of using a 3G, 4G or satellite connection is too expensive and besides those services can be sketchy at best, depending on the location and the environment.

What these folks run into, and I’m working with someone on this now, is that due to the dialup speeds in these remote locations not even being up to standard (due to poor telephone lines), downloading the Windows updates that they need for their PC’s ends up being nothing but pure process of drudgery. Think about it, if you are already on a slow dialup connection and you have your updates set to auto update, when those weekly auto updates kick in,  the connection speed slows down that much further. Couple that with other security software updates and general software updates and I think you can see what I mean about a pure process of drudgery.

To workaround this problem and get the Windows updates, I use a program called WSUS Offline Update. You will need to find someone with a broadband connection who is willing to use WSUS Offline Update software on their PC and willing to download the updates for you. You will also need to know what operating system you are using (i.e. Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7).

With WSUS Offline Update there are two components to the software. One is the “Generator” interface that you use to select the what language and Operating system you need the updates for.  You can even tell the “Generator” to copy the updates to a flash drive; which, you can then use to update the target computer.

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When downloading the updates, a command console window (see below) will appear and you will see the software going to work to pull down the updates. Do not be alarmed if the first time you perform this process that it takes a long time (even on a broadband connection).  A long time can be an hour to several hours, but you have to do what you have to do.

WSUS Windows Update - Console Window

The second component built into WSUS Offline Update is the “Installer” that you use on the target computer.  To start up the installer look for the file “Updateinstaller.exe”, double click on it and the “Installer” interface will initiate with various selections to help you through the update process.

WSUS Windows Update - Installer

There are other options out there to download the Windows Updates; however, I have found the WSUS Offline Update utility to be the winner.

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4 Responses to Update Microsoft Windows Without An Internet Connection

  1. Bill Mullins says:

    Rick,

    I’m liking what I’m seeing here. Particularly, the USB capability – that raises all sorts of possibilities.

    Nice find – could be very handy to have around for that “just in case”, moment.

    Bill

  2. Tom says:

    Does look like a great tool. Certainly one to keep in the kit.

  3. Shashi Kumar says:

    Friend – I have a peculiar problem. I have a laptop with windows 7 home premium 64 bit. For Internet connection I tether the laptop to an i phone 4s. I have downloaded files of large sizes, updated and upgraded my antivirus etc. But somehow the windows update does not function. If big files can be downloaded windows update should not be a problem. The computer behaves as if it is hung and after a long time returns an error which is generic and for which remedies are not available on the net or with microsoft. Any suggestions? My email mail shashikumarmenon@yahoo.com.

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