Autopatcher is an ongoing project that creates a monthly executable that contains all patches for Microsoft operating systems that have been released in that month. It is then possible to execute this program and apply all patches that have been released by Microsoft at once without connecting to the Microsoft server at all.
This is in my opinion the best and easiest way to patch your operating system if you do not want to use the automatic update feature and do not want to connect to servers from Microsoft in the process. Normally so called core versions and full versions are released but due to the changed at the original Autopatcher website only core versions are available.
Core means that only patches of a certain month are offered while full means that the package contains all patches that have been released for that operating system.
It is possible to currently download the core June patches for Windows Vista 32 and 64 bit and Windows 2000 / XP 64-bit only. A core release for XP 32-bit will surely follow soon after.
Update. The Autopatcher project has gone through a series of changes in recent years. The program itself for instance has been modified so that it is now offered as a single executable file that you can run on your system after download.
The program displays a list of releases upon start, each with an identifying name, e.g. AutoPatcher for Windows 7 SP1 (x64), the languages that it includes and the data it has been last modified. Autopatcher supports most Microsoft operating systems, Office, as well as related software such as the .Net Framework and several Adobe products including Adobe Reader and Adobe Air.
All you have to do now is select the releases that you want to download. Depending on the selection, it may take some time to download them, especially if your Internet connection is not the fastest. You should also make sure that you have enough storage space available. Autopatcher does not highlight the storage requirements so make sure you have at least a couple of Gigabytes of free storage available.
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