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Hmm... this could replace what's on my flash drive, but then I don't know if I'll ever do this again. lol I mean damn, a 250 GB drive is HUGE for me and who knows what the next iteration of Windows will be like? Maybe it'll be like a super-improved Windows 7! LOL I can dream, can't I?

Ha! I'm hoping win9 will be exactly that!
If you let windows save the updates on your drive slipstreaming a new system disc will help to save some space too.
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I know there are free utilities like Clonezilla which you use off of a boot disc. Also Macrium Reflect and Paragon Backup and Recovery both have free editions. (Though these free editions don't have network support or incremental backup)

 

Oh good. I don't need those features. I'll have to seriously consider this. However, I have to admit: this is kind of fun. If I had a way to have it 100% automated, then I dunno: I'd probably forget how to do everything that I'm doing right now. lol

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Kind of a pain for one installation but you could put all the updates into your windows installation as an image. However yeah it takes me about 2 hours to update a new Server VM
    
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To speed up the long install process you could Slipstream a new installation disc.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/145343-slipstream-windows-7-sp1-into-installation-dvd-iso-file.html

What that does is let you add all the updates to an installation disc. So during install you automagically have %99 of the latest updates.
The only negative is the time it takes to do this and you should re-install the operating system as you break the ability to "repair install" with the new installation disc.
There might be a way to use a different disc to perform a repair but it only lets you use the disc you installed windows with to normally run a repair.

Great thing to do right now as I doubt there will be another Service Pack to wrap up all the updates for you.

No it doesn't incorporate all the updates. That article you linked to talks about slipstreaming SP1. There have been many more updates since SP1 was released.
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No it doesn't incorporate all the updates. That article you linked to talks about slipstreaming SP1. There have been many more updates since SP1 was released.

 

Yeah, 153.

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post #16 of 50
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Alright, so I'm finally setting up my new 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO. I installed Windows 7 SP1 from my flash drive, and now I'm at the part of my routine where I install all of the Windows updates. There are 153, and I started it at about 8:45. It's now 9:37 and it's just now installing update number 145. Is this normal? I don't remember it taking this long. Am I just remembering incorrectly?

Perfectly normal. I recently installed a Windows 2008 R2 x64 production server that had 130 or so updates, and it actually took longer than an hour. And that's with a 100 Mbps pipe to the Internet, 32 cores and 128 GB of RAM, with a 8-drive LSI SAS array w/battery backup and 1GB cache.

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Oh good. I don't need those features. I'll have to seriously consider this. However, I have to admit: this is kind of fun. If I had a way to have it 100% automated, then I dunno: I'd probably forget how to do everything that I'm doing right now. lol

I don't know of any such methods to make it 100% automated. Never seen it done. You can however, use a imaging application (like the ones mentioned in this thread) and then launch a VB script or Powershell script to automate the update procedure. That would be the closest you can get to 100% automation for a regular home user scenario. But even that would require some type of human intervention because it requires atleast a couple of mouse clicks to launch the script.

Something else you can look at. WSUS offline updater.
http://www.wsusoffline.net/

What it does is download all the Windows update (you can specify what OS + MS Office updates including the version + any relevant service packs). When it's done downloading you can burn them to a DVD (they won't fit on a CD) and then simply launch the executable file to install all the updates. You might be asking yourself what is the point of doing this when you can simply launch the Windows update and install the updates manually? Well for starters, you're elminating the time required to download each single update. This really comes in handy if you are NOT on a network and have multiple computers to update at once. You can make 5 copies of the DVD and then all 5 computers will be updated at once without any kind of manual intervention. There are other side benefits such as being able to update MS Office and the corresponding service pack.
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You can add the updates to a slipstream install disc.
When Windows updates it will save the update.then you can load it to the disc.
It takes a bit of time and you do need to first download all the updates but it is worth the effort if you intend to reinstall again.

There are a couple requirements for Windows saving the updates I don't remember exactly. Something to do with being able to repair install an update which requires the install file.
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You can add the updates to a slipstream install disc.
When Windows updates it will save the update.then you can load it to the disc.
It takes a bit of time and you do need to first download all the updates but it is worth the effort if you intend to reinstall again.

There are a couple requirements for Windows saving the updates I don't remember exactly. Something to do with being able to repair install an update which requires the install file.

I had explored that option before. (slipstreaming not only SP 1 but all the updates). Did you know it's a lot of work to incorporate each & every single update? For me personally speaking, it's just easier to do the fresh install of Win7, install MS office, and then update the machine using the WSUS offline updater. From there I can create a baseline image and it works just fine for me. It's takes me roughly 2 hours but I rarely ever need to do a fresh install of Win7 on my home PC. At work it's a different story - we've already got an imaging/scripting process that automates most of the work.
Edited by DaChosenOne - 3/4/14 at 5:38pm
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do the updates while you sleep. saves the trouble of slipstreaming or making a ghost image tongue.gif.
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