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It appears that there has been some interest in using this handy tool instead of relying on MS for Windows updates, especially if you may have use for the updates again on other machines or because of a reformat.  However, there has also been a bit of confusion on how to get it and install it.

First and foremost: you must have the most recent Service Pack installed for your Operating System in order to install the hotfixes and updates with AutoPatcher.  If you don’t, you will have to download the most recent Service Pack from Microsoft.

Next, download the latest “full” release of AutoPatcher.  The full release includes all the updates and hotfixes from the latest Service Pack up to the month stated in the download.  You will have to perform a forum search for the specific Operating System.  Currently, the latest full English release is April 2006.  For your convenience, here are Windows 2000 and XP.  AutoPatcher also supports Windows 2003 and XP x64 Edition.

Feel free to install the file as soon as it finishes downloading.  Note that this is a hefty download and broadband is required.  There are also a few torrents for the full release available if you’re having trouble with the download mirrors.  You may also download the “lite” release instead of the “full” release.  The difference between the two is that the “lite” lacks the complete set of add-ons that the “full” release includes.

Next, download all of the monthly “update” releases that have been released after the latest full/lite release.  In this case, since you have the April 2006 lite/full release, you will need to download the May 2006 update and the June 2006 update.

Install the update releases in order by month, and once you finish installing AutoPatcher, go ahead start the program. The rest should be fairly self explanatory.  If you run into problems, here’s a good FAQ thread you may want to reference first if you have questions.

Upon the next update cycle, simply go to the main page here and select the version of windows you are currently running.

(Originally published on a now-defunct blog)