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15 October 2007, 11:10

Update Vista and Office offline

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For the first time, version 4.0 of the heise Security Offline Update script archive supports updates for Windows Vista and Office. Offline Update provides a simple mechanism for users to install security updates from a CD, DVD or USB stick.

Once the generator script is launched, all the user needs to do is select the Microsoft product and the language version of the Microsoft script they would like to download. As soon as all the patches are downloaded onto the disk, the script packs them into burn-ready ISO images for CDs or DVDs. The user can then launch an installation script from the media that quickly installs the updates on the target PC.

Offline Update is supported by a lively discussion forum. It is currently the only solution available that provides owners of Windows PCs on a slow internet connection with the latest updates. Until recently, many users were able to download "update packs" that bundled the Microsoft updates in installation packets from a website operating under the name of Autopatcher, but the download site was taken down after Microsoft issued a warning to the project developers. The zip archive provided by Offline Update, however, does not contain any Microsoft code.


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