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    After upgrading from XP Pro to W7 Pro x64, I ran Windows update and was taken to an update page that looks like it is for twittering idiots. All I can do is install updates; no way to switch to other products and, horrors, no way to access ADMINISTRATOR OPTIONS so I can download the .msi file... Where do Admins go to get these files now? No matter how I "approach" the site, it bumps me to the white "idiots" page.

    I understand Update is an application in W7. I need to get the "old" download options back as I do a lot of testing of patches for my clients and don't want/need to install everything MS dictates. Also, I need to pick and choose updates to set up test scenarios.

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    You can try Microsoft Update Catalog.

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    JoeP - that is a start but it is kinda sorta hard to search for updates if you are unaware they exist. Is there a way to get the old "laundry list" of available patches for W7 & Office? Again, I am looking for the functionality the 2K/XP site had.

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    I do not know of a way to do that with Windows 7. You should look at standing up a small server and installing Windows Server Update Services Home. It is free. You do not need a particularly powerful machine. An old PC would most likely work.

    In looking for WSUS information I stumled across this KB article - Description of Software Update Services and Windows Server Update Services changes in content for 2010.

    Note: the list in the kb article is not an exhaustive list of patches and hotfixes only the ones released to WSUS.

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    In Windows 7 there is no more update "web site" to go to, it's integrated into the os.

    One method to try would be to set Windows update to inform only, not download or install. Once the option for
    update comes up you then could try searching for them on the site JoeP gave you, for a download link.
    Another option would be to alow updates to be downloaded but not installed, then search for the updates in
    the location that they were downloaded to, wherever that may be.

    This is admittedly, considerably more work than the previous Windows XP/2000 operating systems.
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    Thanks JoeP and Clint Rossmere.

    I'll give those a try. It is really going to impact my job. Since losing my IT job 2.5 years ago, I keep my head above water by supporting individuals and small businesses of 3-4 employees and no server in site.

    I do get a lot of the critical patches that are not public release through learnning about them in the newsletter; perhaps that could expand the column to include all patches, with links? (hint, hint) I can't believe I am the only person in the world who does not want to tell a legal office to "just turn on update" and then catch holy heck when a "bad" update borks their machines.

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    Be sure to read as much of the WSUS documentation as you can stand. I think you could have your clients connect to your WSUS server for updates. You'd just have to group them and approve the updates for each group.

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    Connecting out to "my" server is generally not an option because I do several Dr's offices and they, being small businesses, are stringent on HIPAA. They prefer I come in with the updates and then alot some time for Staff interaction with "the Tech Guy".

    That being said, I think "Windows Server Update Services Home" fills the ticket. I went there and selected "Microsoft Download Center" and it gives me the searchable functionality that I can use.

    Thanks for your assistance.

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    Glad you got it resolved. Thanks for posting back.

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