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Manually Install Updates Using Windows Update

In some cases, such as when you are dealing with stand-alone computers that are not connected to a network, it is necessary to install update files directly. You can download Windows 7 update files directly from Microsoft's Web site. You can find these updates related to each update's security bulletin. Update files have the .msu extension. If you want to script the installation of a number of MSU files, you can use the Wusa.exe utility. When chaining the installation of updates, you should use the /norestart parameter after each update except the last one that you want to install. For example, you might have a script that installs three updates with the commands:

Wusa.exe d:\windows6.1-kb123456-x64.msu /quiet /norestart
Wusa.exe d:\windows6.1-kb123457-x64.msu /quiet /norestart
Wusa.exe d:\windows6.1-kb123458-x64.msu /quiet

More Info Windows Update Stand-alone Installer
For more information about the Windows Update Stand-alone installer (Wusa.exe), consult the following article:

The process to manually update Windows is easy and user friendly. By manually updating your system, you can obtain various critical and noncritical updates. To use Windows Update manually, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, Control Panel, System and Security, Windows Update.
  2. In the Windows Update window, click Check for Updates in the Tasks list. Windows Update will then look for all possible updates.
  3. After a list of updates appears, you can select and install the updates you want. If you don't install Important updates at this time, they will be installed during the next scheduled automatic update.

Manually updating your system allows you to decide which updates you want and lets you know which updates you need.

Another way of getting to the Windows Update page is to click Start, All Programs, Windows Update.

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In this tutorial:

  1. Windows 7 and Other software Up to Date
  2. Understanding Windows Live
  3. Updates versus upgrades
  4. Why updates are important
  5. Windows Update
  6. Windows Update: The essentials
  7. Types of Updates
  8. Completing an Update
  9. Configuring automatic Updating
  10. Windows Update Applet and Functions
  11. Manually Install Updates Using Windows Update
  12. Action Center
  13. Updates Do Not Install Properly
  14. Other Windows Update Settings
  15. Configuring Windows 7 Update to Use a Proxy Server
  16. Can't Find Hidden Update
  17. Viewing and Changing Installed Updates
  18. Can't Uninstall Current Update
  19. Upgrade Windows Anytime
  20. Understanding Windows Server Update Services
  21. Windows Update Policies
  22. Updating Drivers
  23. Using Device Manager to Update Drivers
  24. Windows Update Driver Settings
  25. Windows 7 Service Packs
  26. Basic Service Pack Information
  27. Installation of Service Packs
  28. Installing and Removing Software
  29. Installation via CD or DVD
  30. Problem Installing from Disc
  31. Installation via Downloaded Program
  32. Viewing and Changing Programs
  33. Uninstalling Software
  34. Compatibility Issues in 64-Bit Version
  35. Upgrade Issues with 64-Bit Windows 7
  36. Other Program Compatibility Issues
  37. Side-by-Side Installs and Virtual Registries
  38. Removing Updates from Windows 7
  39. Thwarting Exploits with DEP
  40. Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer
  41. Picking Computers to Scan
  42. Vulnerability Checks
  43. Installing MBSA
  44. Running the MBSA
  45. Running the MBSACLI
  46. MBSACLI Location
  47. Running in an Isolated Environment
  48. Using Windows Server Update Services
  49. WSUS Updates
  50. WSUS Requirements
  51. Installing, Configuring, and Using WSUS
  52. Adding the Application Server and Web Server (IIS) Roles
  53. Installing the Report Viewer
  54. Installing WSUS
  55. Configuring Group Policy Settings for WSUS
  56. Creating a GPO to Configure Clients to Use WSUS
  57. Verifying That Clients Are Using GPO Settings for WSUS
  58. Verifying That Clients Are Using GPO Settings with GPResult
  59. Creating Computer Groups on WSUS
  60. Approving Updates in WSUS
  61. Viewing WSUS Reports