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    ReInstall Patches (XP Pro SP2)

    I need to perform a clean install of XPSP2, but do not want to spend hours reinstalling critical Updates. I note that in my Windows folder I have for each patch, a folder type "KBXXXXXX" and a matching folder "$NtUninstallKBXXXXXX$".

    I assume that these are used to give the Add Remove Program entries (Where applicable), but can they be used to install the patches from scratch. If so, how?
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    Re: ReInstall Patches (XP Pro SP2)

    Most of installed programs and patches are in your C:WINDOWSInstaller folder. Folders that you mentioned ($NTUninstall...) contain OLD files replaced by particular patch for restoring purposes.

    However, it is very hard to recover manually installation files from Installer folder - they are set to reinstall automatically; for instance, if you decide to reinstall Windows "upon itself".

    The best way is to download all installed patches and save them to CD or other removable media and apply them after clean installation. For the list of installed patches go to Windows Update page (Start | All Programs | Windows Update in the upper part of the menu) and click on "Review your update history" on the left pane. If you installed Service Pack 2, you can ignore all updates prior to it. Then you can visit Windows Update Catalog http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.co...en/default.asp and download all updates at once. You can download all necessary updates (sixty of them or so after SP-2) on the computer with fast Internet connection and then burn them onto CD. Do you have a friend who can help you to do it?

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    Re: ReInstall Patches (XP Pro SP2)

    Take a look at AutoPatcher XP April 2006 - Neowin.net. NOte: this software is not made by Microsoft. Nor is it endorsed by Microsoft. It is the work of a dedicated group trying to make your update life easier.

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    Re: ReInstall Patches (XP Pro SP2)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by skitterbug on 12-May-06 16:17. I typed the wrong file size in so thought I'd better change it.)</P>Thanks Joe for that link! I used the ftp site for 225MB download! But I think it is a great find and I'll burn it to a CD for that "just in case" scenerio! <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: ReInstall Patches (XP Pro SP2)

    Thanks for the help guys. I have no problems with the download, but having assembled all the patches, is there a specific order for putting them in, or do I just go by the date on the patch file?
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    Re: ReInstall Patches (XP Pro SP2)

    It does not matter as long as you installing all of them in one shot.

    It is better to create a .bat file with patches filenames and add switches to automate installation process.
    In the beggining of .bat file put SETLOCAL command.
    After each filename add /quet switch for hiding installation dialog, /passive switch to install without prompting, /norestart switch for continuing installation without restarting, and /nobackup if you do not want to waste disk space for backup for possible uninstallation.

    Example:

    setlocal
    896344.exe /quiet /passive /norestart /nobackup
    896358.exe /quiet /passive /norestart /nobackup
    896422.exe /quiet /passive /norestart /nobackup
    896423.exe /quiet /passive /norestart /nobackup
    896424.exe /quiet /passive /norestart /nobackup
    ...
    etc., etc, etc...
    ...
    913446.exe /quiet /passive /norestart /nobackup
    913580.exe /quiet /passive /nobackup

    And your computer will prompt you to restart after the last patch will be installed.

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