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How to download updates that include drivers and hotfixes from the Windows Update Catalog
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This article discusses how to download updates from the Windows Update Catalog. The Windows Update Catalog offers updates for all operating systems that we currently support. These updates include the following:
We also discuss how IT Professionals can use Software Update Services, such as Windows Update and Automatic Updates.
Important This content is designed for an advanced computer user. We recommend that only advanced users and administrators download updates from the Windows Update Catalog. If you are not an advanced user or an administrator, please visit the following Microsoft Web site to download updates directly:
To download updates from the Windows Update Catalog, follow these steps:
Step 1: Access the Windows Update CatalogTo access the Windows Update Catalog, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Home.aspxTo view a list of frequently asked questions about Windows Update Catalog, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Step 2: Search for updates from the Windows Update CatalogTo search for updates from the Windows Update Catalog, follow these steps:
Step 3: Download updatesTo download updates from the Windows Update Catalog, follow these steps:
If you want to learn about additional update services, please see the "Software Update Services for IT Professionals" section.
For general information about Software Update Services, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Windows UpdateIT Professionals can use the Windows Update service to configure a server on their corporate network to provide updates to corporate servers and clients. This functionality can be useful in environments where some clients and servers do not have access to the Internet. This functionality can also be useful where the environment is highly managed, and the corporate administrator must test the updates before they are deployed.
For information about how to perform enterprise-wide driver updates by using Windows Update, visit the following Microsoft TechNet Web site:
Automatic UpdatesIT Professionals can use the Automatic Updates service to keep computers up-to-date with the latest critical updates from a corporate server that is running Software Update Services.
Automatic Updates works with the following computers:
306525For more information about how to use Automatic Updates in Windows 2000, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306525/ )How to configure and use Automatic Updates in Windows XP
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/327850/ )How to configure and use Automatic Updates in Windows 2000
You may experience one or more of the following issues when you use Windows Update or Microsoft Update:
You can visit the Microsoft Web sites in the following sections for more information about how to obtain and distribute downloads from Windows Update or from Microsoft Update.
Installing multiple updates with only one restartThe hotfix installer that is included with Windows XP and with Windows 2000 post-Service Pack 3 (SP3) updates includes functionality to support multiple hotfix installations. For earlier versions of Windows 2000, the command-line tool that is named "QChain.exe" is available for download. For more information about how to install multiple updates or multiple hotfixes without restarting the computer between each installation, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/296861/ )How to install multiple Windows updates or hotfixes with only one reboot
Microsoft security resourcesFor the latest Microsoft security resources such as security tools, security bulletins, virus alerts, and general security guidance, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/TechNet/Security/For more information about the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer tool (MBSA), visit the following Microsoft Web site:
The Microsoft Download CenterFor more information about how to download files from the Microsoft Download Center, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/119591/ )How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
Product-specific download pages
Windows XPFor Windows XP downloads, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Windows 2000For Windows 2000 downloads, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Internet ExplorerFor Internet Explorer downloads, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Windows Media PlayerFor Windows Media Player downloads, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Office UpdatesFor Office updates, visit the following Microsoft Web site: