I'm not sure of the module for installing service pack 3 PsiMoon314 is referring to but updating your laptop to SP3 and
then installing the post SP3 updates using AutoPatcher is a simple procedure. Also, the whole idea of being able to keep
these updates around for another day (reusing them) is the purpose that drives the AutoPatcher project.
Yes, you can use the desktop to download both Service Pack 3 and the complete update package for XP SP3 x86. Just pay
attention to the OS you run APUP from, it will by default pre-select the native OS of the machine it is run from. It looks like
the desktop machine you mention is running XP SP3 so you are fine, but if it was running Vista, you would need to Uncheck
Vista in APUP and Check XP SP3 x86 (when you run apup.exe you will see the list of available packages).
When you download a release ALL the updates that get downloaded are dependent on the script we create and not the PC
APUP is run from - so don't worry, the release will be complete.
This is how I would proceed
Download the network installation package installer of SP3 for Windows XP x86. Network installer is code for reusable,
we like to be able to reuse the updates around here should we need them again.
...Service Pack 3 For XP (x86) Network Installation Package
. Follow these instructions for downloading and running APUP to create your XP SP3 x86 AutoPatcher release.
...How To Download / Run APUP
Now that you have downloaded the needed service pack and the AutoPatcher release, you will need to "Copy" or "Move"
over to the laptop for installation (make sure everything
gets moved or copied without error). I would verify both the
AutoPatcher release and MD5 (hash) of the installer before installation.
**The AutoPatcher module (release) should be Official when loaded
**WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU.exe - SP3 Network Installer
...Size= 331,805,736 bytes - (yes, that's 331MB)
You want to install SP3 (network installer) First. If all goes well (no errors) you will then run AutoPatcher
(autopatcher.exe) to update your laptop.
A word of Caution!
I don't recommend trying to install everything in AutoPatcher at one time (only 1 reboot), so your original
idea of doing it all In One Step
(if I understood correctly) is only asking for trouble. There will be 30 or 40+ updates to install
and a logical method will better ensure success - it is your decision.
A good idea might be to install items from "Components" first, your desired version of IE would be a good place
to start, reboot, then items from "Critical" - reboot, and then "Recommended" updates - reboot.
A fresh install is when the "Answer File" comes in real handy. For the sake of our discussion, a "no.selections" answer
file might work nice here. The idea is to have "no updates" pre-selected when AutoPatcher starts, you select the updates you
want to install. If the update was installed correctly it will appear Blue
How To Create An Answer File:
In this example "no.selections" (no updates) will comprise the file but any set of updates can
be selected and then saved to an answer file.
01. Run AutoPatcher to load the release.
02. Select the updates you want to have pre-selected when you load the answer file (in this case we want 0 updates selected).
Make sure you uncheck all updates - you want to see selection: 0 to install, 0 to remove
to the right of "List of available items".
03. Click the "Advanced" tab, select "Save selection to answer file", name the answer file and then save it ie; no.selections.aaf.
Next time AutoPatcher is run you will be prompted to load the answer file (or not). If you no longer should want the answer file
delete it from the AutoPatcher / APUP folder.
It may be a good idea to read through the "pinned" topics first before getting started - see FAQs
in my sig below.