Installing Multiple Updates and drivers

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Colin Steadman, Apr 14, 2004.

  1. Every now and then I re-install XP Home on my PC. After I've done
    this I download the latest Windows updates, and reinstall the sound,
    graphics, NIC drivers ect...

    My question is can I do all this at once and reboot at the end. Or do
    I need to install each separately and reboot after each new update?


    Colin Steadman, Apr 14, 2004
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    philo Guest

    you should install your drivers and your windows updates

    i'm not sure why you feel the need to keep reinstalling your OS, however
    philo, Apr 14, 2004
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    Trent SC Guest

    Every now and then I re-install XP Home on my PC. After I've done
    Follow the instructions - if the installer asks you to reboot, then reboot.
    Trent SC, Apr 14, 2004
  4. you should install your drivers and your windows updates
    Your not the only one, a friend of mine thinks so too. He's upgraded
    from 98 to Me to XP without ever doing a reinstall, and seems to be
    running ok.

    But I prefer a complete reinstall if I think performance is dropping
    off, or I experience any weird faults I cant diagnose. This
    guarantees a nice healthy system, free of any debris from trial
    software and game demo's (I dont trust un-installers). And I always
    do a full NTFS drive format to keep the HDDs in peak condition too.

    This is less stressful and easier than trying to diagnose some obscure
    problem. And it only takes 2 or 3 hours to get 90% of the work done.
    My strategy is to keep all my personal files under My Documents. So
    when I do the reinstall this gets backed up to D: along with settings
    files and other stuff I need to keep. Then after the reinstall I move
    it all back and reinstall things like McAfee and ZoneAlarm Pro before
    connecting to the net and downloading any updates.

    The negative aspects of this are that I have to spend time tweaking
    every piece of software to get them to behave the way I prefer. Not
    to mention reinstalling it! I really need to look at creating an
    image of my basic system with Ghost or something to get round this...

    But even so this has to be better for performance than relying in
    un-installers and Windows itself to keep the system in tip-top shape?
    Dont you agree?

    Colin Steadman, Apr 14, 2004
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    philo Guest

    i usually try to repair problems
    however sometimes it is easier just to reinstall the whole thing from

    not too long ago i had spent over 4 hours trying to repair severe virus
    damage on someones machine
    then realized i could just format the drive and reinstall in about 90

    however...i've been running a clean install of XP for about 18 months
    and have never had any problems with it yet!
    philo, Apr 14, 2004
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    why? Guest

    Do this with NT4 and sometimes Win2000 clears out the collected junk
    every so often.
    Why not get something like Norton Ghost, after you do the next clean
    install image the hardisk to CD. When you need to reload everything it
    can take 10 minutes or less if the clean install is only a few GB.
    Prefer OS first, to get it up and running. Then essential device drivers
    / updates after that OS updates.
    For the MS updates have a look at qchain. this function IIRC is built
    into some NT4 patches, a lot of Win2000 and should be in nearly all XP
    as well.

    You simply download all the updates, create a batch file using the
    options to not reboot. Normally I find 2 batch files are handy 1 for all
    updates that don't need a reboot and the others that do.

    296861 - How to Install Multiple Windows Updates or Hotfixes with ...
    .... 815062 The Correct File Is Not Installed When You Chain Multiple
    Hotfixes. Chaining Update Installations Without QChain.exe Is Not Safe.
    .... How to Obtain QChain.exe. ... - 31k - Cached - Similar pages

    See other info

    The easy way is to get the updates from the WU site using the download
    basket, burn those to CD and set the correct path in the batch file
    created above.

    Don't know it's in XP home but search for slipstream / unattended
    install. The slipstream lets you build in the service packs into an
    automated install.

    why?, Apr 14, 2004

  7. There are some nice ideas in here.

    Thankyou Me!

    Colin Steadman, Apr 15, 2004
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