Update: The program is now known as WSUS Offline Update. Its functionality remained largely the same though even though support for new versions of Windows have been added by its author.
Autopatcher was the perfect solution to update your Windows operating system while it lasted. You could download all patches to your local computer and execute them from there or distribute them to It allowed you to download patches once and update several computers locally using that single download without downloading patches from Microsoft servers multiple times.
Autopatcher has been closed down by Microsoft. There is an alternative, a great one that can be used instead. It is called c't Offline Updater. It supports Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, 64-bit editions of XP and Server 2003 as well as Windows Vista (Update more recent versions of Windows as well).
Besides support for operating systems, it also supports Office 2000, Office XP, Office 2003 and Office 2007 (Update and newer versions). As you can see from the screenshot below, lots of different languages are supported by it as well.
The program divides the download options into three tabs. The first tab displays all supported client and server Windows operating systems. Please note that this includes only systems that Microsoft supports which at the time of writing means Windows Vista and up on the consumer side, and Windows Server 2008 and up on the server side.
The same is true for the Office tab. There you find listed all supported Office versions starting with Office 2007 currently.
Last but not least, Windows Server 2003 is listed under legacy products.
All you need to do to download all updates for a particular version of Windows or Office is to select the right version in the interface.
Once you have made the selection at the top, you may change options displayed in the lower half of the interface.
There you may add C++ Runtime Libraries and .Net Framworks, Windows Essentials 2012, Windows Defender definitions and Microsoft Security Essentials to the download.
WSUS Offline Update verifies downloads automatically and includes service packs in the process as well.
Apart from that, you may select to create ISO images from the downloads so that you can burn them to disc easily.
A click on starts begins the process. It may take a while before all updates are downloaded, especially if you select multiple operating systems or Office version.
WSUS Offline Update is a straightforward tool to download all updates for one or multiple versions of Windows or Office. The program is dead easy to use and offers nice to have features such as creating update ISO images automatically in the process.
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