This blog post is sort of “techie” in nature; but, I felt a need to do a write-up on an application that recently saved the day for me. If you are on a dial-up connection you probably have noticed that when Microsoft sends out the monthly operating system updates and/or the updates for Microsoft Office (if you have it installed); your internet connection speed can be affected and/or it takes you forever to ultimately receive the updates. Another scenario is that your computer crashes, you do a complete restore and now you have to download all of the updates all over again (very time consuming). Another scenario is that your Windows updates become corrupted and the updater is not working properly or one of the updates from Microsoft is basically dead in the water… Well there is a solution that may assist you in each of the scenarios. It is called “AutoPatcher“…
I recently put AutoPatcher to task on a computer (Vista) that my Dad recently purchased. My Dad lives in the land of “no technology” and his “dial-up” connection is slow, very slow… In order to bring his computer up to speed with the Windows Updates, which totaled a couple hundred megabytes, I downloaded/installed the “AutoPatcher Updater” on my computer (broadband connection), which allowed me to grab whatever updates I wanted. In my case, the AutoPatcher Updater software walked me through a process of grabbing all of the past updates to present time. I then burned the entire package to a CD and simply started the AutoPatcher software on his computer to install all of the Windows updates. I also turned “off” his Windows Update notifications and will periodically perform this process again with AutoPatcher. As I mentioned previously, this is “techie” software and I recommend you review the information on their website thoroughly… Really it is not that hard to do…
Special thanks to my Information Technology friend, Bill; for giving me the idea for this post.
Description of AutoPatcher from the website:
What is AutoPatcher?
AutoPatcher could be described as an offline Windows Update. AutoPatcher provides an interface to a large collection of updates, common applications and registry tweaks, that can be easily and quickly applied to your computer system.
What are the advantages of AutoPatcher over Windows Update?
The main advantage is that you just have to do one download in order to have all the patches and add-ons, such as Sun Java, MSN Messenger 7.x and Windows Media Player 10. If you have many computers or if you format your computer frequently, it saves both time and bandwidth. With AutoPatcher, you can install critical patches offline, eliminating the risk of getting infected while using Windows Update. You can also come in handy when updating a friends PC, if he/she can’t access the Internet (or uses a narrowband connection).