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Easier Windows Update

As I've mentioned before, I have to install windows updates individually, reboot, and ensure Corel VideoStudio still works. This has traditionally been an exceptionally painful process - even more so than it sounds. Typically each update will take 5-10 HOURS to download and install (or more!), making updating windows a daunting, frustrating, and emotionally draining process. However, I've recently discovered a different method of updating windows that, while still labor intensive and somewhat time-consuming, is vastly faster and an improved experience.

The steps below are for Windows7, but I imagine they're similar for other versions of Windows. I'm only including very general steps, rather than detailed instructions. If you can't figure out how to follow these instructions without further detail, you should probably be allowing Windows to download and install updates automatically anyway.

Step 1: Have the Windows Update Service check for updates, if necessary.

Step 2: Click on one of the available updates, and click the "more information" link in the pane on the right. This opens a page in your default browser.

Step 3: Scroll down to the section that says "How to obtain and install the update".
- If it's a security update, there will be a method titled Microsoft Download Center, and there will be links to the Microsoft Security Bulletin, which will then contain links for download.
- If it's not a security update, there will be a method titled Microsoft Update Catalog, which will allow you to add the update to a "cart" (along with others) and download multiple updates at once. Note that the Update Catalog requires that you use MSIE 6.1 or later. If you're using another browser, it *tells* you that you can use the Download Center to get the update, but I'll be damned if I can figure out *how*. So just open MSIE and get the update.

Step 4: After all updates have been downloaded, stop the Windows Update Service in services.msc

Step 5: Double-click on the update file that you want to install, and click YES when prompted.

Wait for the install, reboot, and done!

Using this method, the downloads take less than a second to a couple of seconds, and each installation takes anywhere from one to five minutes. This is just SO MUCH BETTER than going through the Windows Update Service itself!

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