In which order should hotfixes be installed?
Posted 24 October 2010 - 05:45 AM
If I want to manually download & install patches (hotfixes) for windows, in which order should I install them?
By their KB numbers? or can I install them in random order?
How does Autopatcher install them?
Posted 24 October 2010 - 07:29 PM
You may get a number of opinions on the best approach to updating your system - here's mine.
...About the updates - they all have release dates that force them to be installed in order of release date, older installing first. Also, if an update has a dependency and that dependency isn't installed or updated to the correct version the update should not display (list) for installation.
I would recommend that you install the big updates first - Internet Explorer, .NET Framework etc by themselves. Also, don't try to install large numbers of updates at once, some people allow AutoPatcher to install 40 or 50 at once, personally I don't like this. You may not know what update gave you a problem should an issue arise after patching your system. It isn't uncommon to have new updates appear after updating. If you update IE to version 7 all the IE7 updates will now display in AutoPatcher. Also, Critical updates before Recommended works for some.
There really is no right or wrong approach, it depends on the updates, how many you need to install, are you updating critical components like IE or .NET or are you simply applying a simple registry fix? This is the most difficult on a new system that has not been updated and is way behind on needed fixes but on a system receiving regular updates you should only have a few to install per month.
Posted 25 October 2010 - 03:49 PM
I am installing the updates on a new xp sp3 system.
I thought that if I could find the exact order in which windows automatic update installs the updates, then from the next time when I reinstall windows, I could manually install them in that order without re-downloading from MS (I know I could use AutoPatcher, but I would like to be able to do it manually).
The Add or Remove programs in control panel seem to list all the patches that are installed, but I am not sure If they are listed in the order in which they were installed.
>they all have release dates that force them to be installed in order of release date, older installing first.
>Also, if an update has a dependency
could you tell me where can I get the release date and dependency information for a given update file?
Posted 25 October 2010 - 05:42 PM
Also, you can open any .apm file in your AutoPatcher release using notepad - there is some good information there as well...
Open any .apm file, if the update expects to find something in place before it will install you should find the information listed under [OperatingSystem], [SystemComponents], [OfficeComponents] etc.
If I can, may I say you might be making the update process a little harder than need be
Posted 26 October 2010 - 05:26 AM
>If I can, may I say you might be making the update process a little harder than need be
I am starting to think that way too..
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