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Help Creating Unattended Windows Update Disk

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Hello,

I've just reinstalled Vista on the laptop and it took hours to finish all of the updating. This took way too long to do and was a huge headache. I've looked into slipstreaming, but there are just too many potential problems in doing this. Plus, Microsoft advises against doing this because of problems with windows properly updating.

So, I downloaded all of the latest updates for my copy of Vista to a single folder for future updating after reinstalls. This folder contains many updates and is well over a Gig in size. What I'd like to do (if possible) is to burn these updates to a DVD or be able to point Windows to the USB drive containing these updates, for an unattended install method. Is it possible to do this without having to baby sit the installation of the updates? How would I create such an install disk or is there any programs out there to do this for me? Some of the updates will require a reboot and I just wonder if this would be a problem.

I was recommended this on another forum http://download.wsusoffline.net/ but read on another of it being unreliable.

Also, I own a program for creating auto-run CDs/DVDs and was wondering if something like this would work. http://www.longtion.com/autorunenter...autorunpro.htm If this would work, I'd use it, but not sure how I'd go about compiling the DVD.

Just looking for a quicker and easier way to update my computer after reinstalls without having to wait 2 weeks using Windows Auto-update service. I certainly appreciate your help and look forward to reading your responses.

Thanks in advance and take care.
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Slipstreaming works and is quite reliable if done properly. Although I have never tried with Vista, back in the XP days slipstreaming was the only way I could install Win on a SATA HDD without using a Floppy for drivers.

My suggestion is to:
*download a good tool: nlite for XP, vlite for vista or rt7lite for 7
*slipstream and make an iso of the updated win install; you can even use the unattended tab to enter timezone, settings, user accounts, etc
*download virtualbox - Sun's free virtualisation software
*install the slipstreamed iso in virtual machine - should very easy even if you don't have experience with virtual OSes
*test if the install is working as it should, if the updates are installed

One caveat - don't activate the virtual OS; likely it wouldn't activate anyway, but for testing you can run the virtual OS for 30 days without activation.
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