How to Create a Windows Offline Update CD

CD Icon Creating an offline update CD is a great way to update a Windows machine when you don’t have an available Internet connection. It can also make updating faster because you can reuse the CD on multiple machines and no longer have to wait for the updates to download. Since Microsoft offers no easy way of doing this other than ordering one of their update CDs, I would like to show you how to create one yourself.

Step 1: Download and extract Offline Update.

Step 2: Run “UpdateGenerator.exe” and select the products you wish to create an offline update CD for. Your options are Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Office 2000, Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007. You can also select the type of ISO file you want to create under “Create ISO image(s)”. You can create an ISO per product and language or one large “cross-product” DVD for all multiple operating systems. Click “Start” to download updates and create the ISO file.
Offline Update

 

Step 3: When Offline Update is finished, navigate to your “iso” folder under the directory you extracted the Offline Update program to. Depending on the ISO selection you made, you will either see an ISO file per product or one large ISO file for all products. Burn the ISO file to a CD or DVD.
Offline Update

 

Step 4: Put the CD or DVD into the computer you wish to update. The update installer should auto run. If it doesn’t, navigate to the CD and run “UpdateInstaller.exe”. Choose “Automatic reboot and recall” to have the computer automatically restart the update process after a reboot caused by an update. This option makes the update process fully automated. Offline Update also gives you the option backup your system files or to install Internet Explorer 7. When you are ready to begin the update process click “Start”.
Offline Update

 

Offline Update will now scan the computer to see which updates are needed and will only install them if they are. If you have any experience with Offline Update or any other types of update utilities please feel free to share.

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14 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply January 8, 2008

    There are a few other programs out there like this one, however this is one of the easiest applications to use.
    Great advice.
    Regards.

    http://www.informationaddicts.com

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply April 21, 2008

    This is exactly what I need, except, it hangs at 99% on wssusscan2.cab. I can’t get past that point. Any suggestions?

    • ronal

      Reply Reply June 23, 2009

      It’s the problem with wget.exe try download from other site. and then, override wget.exe in bin folder

  • Fuad

    Reply Reply November 10, 2009

    I tried to download the program, but it seems to be a non english version! Any help?

    Thank you in advance,

    • Casey

      Reply Reply November 10, 2009

      Hi Faud,

      It looks like the link was broke so I updated it. It should work now. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Fuad

    Reply Reply November 11, 2009

    Thanks a lot Casey. I could download it.
    You made me happy ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Casey

      Reply Reply November 21, 2009

      No problem! Glad I was able to help ๐Ÿ™‚

  • bengali

    Reply Reply July 15, 2010

    mine is xp sp2, is this offline update for sp3 only

  • bengali

    Reply Reply July 15, 2010

    i did exclude from downloading service packs, when installing patches, i received a

    warning:kb936929 not found.

    Any missing update was either blacklisted or not found.

    D:cmd>

    what should i do next….??????????????????

  • lukas

    Reply Reply November 14, 2012

    Hi, if you are not looking for an offline update for security reasons but to safe bandwidth, there is an easier way to do it. For example I have three machines at home in a local area network and if needed one of them downloads a new update and shares it to the others. So they effectively do the update offline and I save a lot of traffic. I use a command line tool called WuInstall (http://wuinstall.com)

  • Jaska

    Reply Reply February 17, 2013

    Hi, when downloading only Finnish updates for Windows XP getting German language files.
    I would be pleased if You could fix this, please.

  • Jaska

    Reply Reply February 17, 2013

    Same happens also when downloading only English updates.
    German language pack files are found also in this case from folders.
    Case of downloading Finnish files, you do not actually get only English and German.

  • Jaska

    Reply Reply February 28, 2013

    Using version 8.2 I am getting also Finnish language files for hotfix updates.
    Huge Thanks for that.

    But, when looking dotnet part, there are still those German language files, but nothing for Finnish.

    Could you please look that.

  • Ryan K

    Reply Reply November 17, 2013

    During install, I clicked the WSUS button at the bottom and pointed it to my WSUS server. Since I did this, will this tool -ONLY- install updates I have approved on the WSUS server? How does this work?

    Thanks!

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