Most Windows users use the operating system's automatic update feature to keep their system up to date. While that is a very comfortable thing to do, it is sometimes not the appropriate way of installing updates. First, it won't work if the computer you want to update has no Internet connection or is isolated from it.
Then, it is not really a good idea if you want to test updates or deploy them to multiple PCs in a network. Last but not least, it is also helpful if you want to install all updates and patches to a system before you connect it to the Web.
Portable Update is a new program that works similar to other third party update downloaders. What sets it apart however is that it can search Microsoft's update repository for missing updates so that you can download and install those only on the PC in question.
The program will display a download progress screen when you start it for the first time. It downloads several required files from Microsoft once before the actual interface is displayed on the screen. It is not clear why this is done, probably because the files cannot be included in the program package by default.
The program displays information in tabs in its interface. Here is a short overview of each tab:
You begin with a click on Search and then start to scan for updates that have not been installed yet. Once done, switch to the download tab where all updates are displayed. The missing updates are selected automatically, but you can select others as well or opt out of select updates that are not installed yet.
A click on start downloads all selected updates to the local system. All downloads are placed in the cache directory of the program folder.
You can switch to the install tab afterwards if you want to install the updates on the system. It is alternatively possible to install the updates directly from the cache directory, or move them to another system first with the program itself to run the installation there instead.
Portable Update is a useful application for Windows users who do not want to use Windows Update to install updates on their system. It differs from other third-party download programs as you may use it to only download updates that are not installed yet on the system. You can however download all if you want, but having that option goes along way. (source: Blogtogo)
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