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Unattended Windows Update After Recovery

My father has a Vista machine (HP) that is 4 years old and needed a fresh start. I ran the recovery to restore the factory image as there were no Vista discs. Is there a way to tell Windows to just keep checking for updates until it finds none? I now have to install them, restart, check, install, restart, etc. I want to be able to just have it run without touching it. Perhaps this could be done via a script, but I haven't figured out (or looked up really) how to call it.

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Haven't seen this.

While a full Vista SP2 CD (that CD with just the SP2) could help I have yet to see any solution that required less time than what you are doing now.

Put another way, you could download and script the installs but how many days would you invest in this?

Also, the HP's I've used let me make the Restore Media. I STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU CREATE THESE BEFORE ANY UPDATES.


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Thanks for the advice. I have Vista CD's from my schools MSDNAA, but they are only for the business edition, so I imagine the Home Premium key he has on his Vista box won't work. What is the advantage of making restore media as opposed to the recovery partition? Does this let me avoid loading the bloat-ware that comes with it? I've already begun the updates so it is a moot point, but I'm just curious. Thanks again!


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Sorry I must clarify this a little. I made no reference to any Vista OS CD or DVD. I was referring to the SP2 only which I put on a CD. I labeled it "Vista SP2 CD." It has only the SP2 and no OS. I use it to avoid downloading the SP2 over the net.

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Problem Solved!

Oh, I see what you mean. I misunderstood you. Well it's all set now anyway. Thanks for the help.

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