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Aggregate list of service packs

By OrionHCCA ·
Where can I find a complete list of up to date service packs and such for both MS Office and Windows products (mainly Win2k,Office2k). Like say I wanted to create a new workstation or server and wanted to know what the essential patches/hot fixes were for that specific install. Or a general list of recommended patches before going live with the workstation or server?

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Aggregate list of service ...

windowsupdate.microsoft.com

Do your OS install, then go to the update site. Click the Product Update link to get a list of all service packs/hotfixes you need for the OS. It is easier this way then trying to scour the site for this patch and thatpatch. The ActiveX controller on the site scans your system, detects what you are missing (based on what you have installed AND running, so make sure everything is on) and puts up a list on the page of everything you need.

http://office.microsoft.com/productupdates/
This office site does the same thing for Office products. It lists all the patches you need for your version of Office.

Hope this helps.

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by OrionHCCA In reply to Aggregate list of service ...

I was actually looking for downloading all the components/fixes and burning them to a cd. The workstation's I will be installing to are on a very slow WAN link. Downloading from Windowsupdate.microsoft.com is unfortunately, not an option. Thanks though!

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Aggregate list of service ...

Ok, then there is another option. Download the Microsoft Network Security Hotfix Checker (Hfnetchk.exe). This tool runs on the local machine (or you can have it scan an entire domain!) and only downloads a 20K XML file. It then scans the machine forall missing service packs and hotfixes. This tool does the same thing that the windowsupdate web site does.
It makes a report (you can export the report to a text file) of ALL hotfixes and service packs your system is missing. It gives you the individual TechNet articles, so you can go to the web and download the individual hotfix install files.
The only caveat to the Hotfix checker is that it lists ALL hotfixes that are avaiable for your operating system, even if your system does not need them.
For example, there is a hotfix for Unix support for 2000 Server. My 2000 Servers do not connect to Unix, so I don't have the service loaded. But,the tool says I don't have it and that I need to install it.
That is why I like windowsupdate web site better. It does not list the other stuff I don't need.
But this way, you can scan your machine, and have a list of what your machine needs. You can then download the fixes, burn them to cd, and be happy.
Here is the URL for the tool:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q303/2/15.ASP
(please take out any spaces)

Hope that helps.

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by OrionHCCA In reply to Aggregate list of service ...

Thanks soo much this helped!!

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