Autopatcher is a very convenient and easy way to patch your operating system with the latest patches, updates and security fixes without connecting to a Microsoft server at all. All that needs to be done is to download the latest release of Autopatcher and run it. You may then select the updates that you want to install and everything else is done automatically (that's the auto in autopatcher, hehe)
The Autopatcher Windows Vista and Windows XP / Windows 2003 updates for May have been released a couple of days ago and can be downloaded from the official site either as torrents or from website mirrors. I would suggest to download them as torrents because it helps save bandwidth for the maintainer of the project (who do it for free).
The Vista release includes three new critical updates, about 20 recommended updates and three add-ons that have been released. One nice feature of Autopatcher is that you can download a full version that contains all patches released or just the updated version that contains only those that have been updated since the last release.
Releases are published monthly with the exception of the Windows XP and 2000 versions that have not been updated in the last two months. A new release will be coming soon and I will let you know when it can be downloaded.
Autopatcher offers an elegant option to download all Windows patches for supported operating systems. Even better, it is possible to burn them to disc or move them to a Flash drive so that they can be deployed on systems without the need for an Internet connection.
Update: The Autopatcher website is no longer available. The project is still in development though, but everything is now handled on the Autopatcher forum.
You can download the latest project files from the respective forum sections. The developers have added support for Windows 7 to Autopatcher. Users who want to download all Windows 7 SP1 patches for instance need to visit the Autopatcher for Windows 7 SP1 forum to do so. The download links are usually displayed in stickies or announcements at the top of the forum.
Update 2: The program is now available in the main AutoPatcher Download forum. Just download the latest version from there, extract it to your system and run the apup.exe file afterwards.
Click on get list in the main interface to download all available update packs. Here you can then select the packs that you want to download to your system. It is important that you download the latest version of APUP, the AutoPatcher Engine and AutoPatcher Common Modules the first time you are using the program.
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