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i've made a script for batch downloading windows update files


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While i was downloading Windows XP updates from the Microsoft Update Catalog, i realized this task could be done much faster. For that reason, i decided to make a PowerShell script for batch downloading updates from a list, featuring filters for language, NT version and architecture.

I'm aware there is already another GUI application with a similar purpose, but you might find this one more fitting for your context as it has some key differences, such as:

- Focused on simplicity. Command-line operation only

- Script available under a permissive license (Unlicense)

- Code and its functioning is commented and documented to its best. Take a look at the code to learn how it works.

- It can run natively on Linux, even on a Raspberry Pi

- A function lets you download the details page in HTML format for each update, ready for offline read

 

I've made it available both on my website and GitHub:

https://github.com/blueclouds8666/msupdate-dl

http://neonfloppy.sytes.net/projects/msupdate-dl/

 

Let me know if you found it useful, I'll be listening feedback to improve the script if needed.

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Release 1.01 is now available. https://github.com/blueclouds8666/msupdate-dl/releases/tag/1.01

The downloading process recently stopped working, as the Update Catalog website no longer accepts HTTP connections, now requiring TLS 1.2. This update now fixes it, and also introduces a new timeout function.

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