About two years back, there was a nice little application called Autopatcher. Autopatcher was similar to an offline version of Windows Update – it was a 3rd party setup package which contained all updates released by Microsoft. Needless to say, this was a huge hit among the Windows community. But then Microsoft spoiled the party by sending Autopatcher a ‘Cease and Desist’ notice which hampered the project. Windows Update Downloader is a similar utility that automatically retrieves updates from Microsoft and allows users to re-use the downloaded files. The next time you reinstall Windows, you won’t have to download and install every update from scratch (which is painful btw).

Windows Updates Downloader

Windows Updates Downloader gets latest available update information from Update Lists (ULs). Regularly updated ULs can be found on WUD homepage. Once you get an update list, WUD allows you to download all or selected updates in it to your computer. Once the downloads are complete, you are able to integrated downloaded updates to your Windows installation using a tool such as nLite.

This tool should be useful for those who frequently install/reinstall Windows. In addition, it’ll save you a lot of bandwidth if you have multiple computers running Windows (you can use the same disk to update multiple PCs).

Download

A new version of WUD (v2.50) was released a few days ago. It features fixed service pack support and other minor updates. You can download this free piece of software from app homepage.

[Click Here] to download latest build of Windows Update Downloader from official download page.


9 Comments

  1. Gusio // 9/20/2009 08:10:00 PM  

    its a great tool. thx. very useful for my new work where i have to deal with many windows reinstallations/hd formats. and downloads are so much faster than with ms's choppy default update tool... but where does it save all the downloads - i just ran out of space and dont know how to clean what ive downloaded :) ???

  2. TEAM FILEnetworks // 9/20/2009 08:22:00 PM  

    Gusio,
    You can view and change your download folder from the main window (second textfield from top).

    Default is
    C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\Windows Updates Downloader

  3. Gusio // 9/20/2009 08:24:00 PM  

    lol. im kinda blind :) i didnt see it. neither the quite obvious and bit "change" button. thanks though for fast response ;)

  4. TEAM FILEnetworks // 9/20/2009 09:03:00 PM  

    @Gusio no worries mate

  5. Gusio // 9/21/2009 11:59:00 PM  

    i have a little problem and dont know if i should ask you or better the applicaiton developers. WUD downloads only english verisons of updates (blablaENU.exe) and in my work all the OSes are in spanish - does it matter ? and if so maybe you know some way to modify the app...
    dont think so as there is only one executable file and i didnt find any .ini or .cfg file in user/aplication data folder. besides i think the updates are not directly downloaded from ms server right ???

  6. Gusio // 9/21/2009 11:59:00 PM  

    i have a little problem and dont know if i should ask you or better the applicaiton developers. WUD downloads only english verisons of updates (blablaENU.exe) and in my work all the OSes are in spanish - does it matter ? and if so maybe you know some way to modify the app...
    dont think so as there is only one executable file and i didnt find any .ini or .cfg file in user/aplication data folder. besides i think the updates are not directly downloaded from ms server right ???

  7. Gusio // 9/22/2009 12:00:00 AM  

    sry for double post.

  8. TEAM FILEnetworks // 9/22/2009 10:32:00 AM  

    Gusio,
    When you download the Update Lists from http://www.windowsupdatesdownloader.com/UpdateLists.aspx ,
    Choose Spanish (or any other preferred language) from the language drop down menu.

  9. Ziggy // 9/23/2009 06:12:00 AM  

    Does this work with pirated versions of Windows?