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Author Topic: IDEA: Download multiple links from WEB page  (Read 4134 times)
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« on: October 27, 2010, 01:11:45 PM »

Here is my current dilemma;

I use Office 2000 because it works great for me. (yes I know about open office ect.  smiley )
Microsoft has stopped supporting auto updates for the product. The only way to download the updates now is to do it one at a time.
I am constantly reloading my OS and programs due to "geeking" up my computer. (upgrades, crashes ect) The times I do update the hardware, I have to do a full install instead of an image backup.
When I do a full install, I have to apply all the office updates manually.
There are approx 158 updates on the MS site for office 2000. (they can be found here: Office 2000 updates )

The search links will take you to a page with a download link. Is there a way to automatically go from the search link to the download link and then download the update?

I am open for all suggestions. I have used some of the download managers for Firefox but they cannot link to a link in a link.  cheesy

Thanks as always!
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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2010, 01:23:48 PM »

Do you need them labeled as they're downloaded or just simply downloaded with their default filename?
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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2010, 02:13:29 PM »

I sent you a PM with all the direct download links that you should be able to put into any download manager.  They totalled just over 500 megs.
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2010, 02:34:25 PM »

Your easiest bet would be to grab a copy of a free product called CT4 Updater available here

It doesn't require installation, so just unzip it to your drive and run it.

When loaded, you'll get a screen with two panels.  

You're interested in the second panel for Office products.

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Select whichever version (or versions) of Office you're interested in and kick it off. Collecting all the downloads will take some time. How much time depends on what you selected, and the speed of your web connection.

When it's finished, CT4 will have grabbed every available update and created an ISO file which can be mounted, or burned to disk for the next time you want to install all available updates to office.

The ISO includes a batch update installer so you won't need to fiddle with the updates individually.

Great tool.  Thmbsup

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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2010, 02:38:18 PM »

Sweet looking utility, 40hz.  Thanks for mentioning it.
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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2010, 02:38:42 PM »

De nada!  smiley
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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2010, 04:39:21 PM »

I sent you a PM with all the direct download links that you should be able to put into any download manager.  They totalled just over 500 megs.

Thanks for both the quick reply and the PM!  Thmbsup

What did you you use to obtain the direct links?
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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2010, 04:40:48 PM »

Your easiest bet would be to grab a copy of a free product called CT4 Updater available here

Thanks for the information. I will give it a twirl.
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« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2010, 11:33:51 PM »

What did you you use to obtain the direct links?

1) I studied the confirmation and download URLs and determined they were the same with one exception (details.aspx gets changed to confirmation.aspx in the URL)
2) I used Firefox to grab all the details links.
3) Quick find/replace in a text editor then gave me all the links to the 158 actual confirmation pages.
4) I then wrote a quickie AHK script that downloaded each confirmation page's HTML and used a simple regex on each to extract the actual file download URL.

Make sense?
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« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2010, 06:12:56 AM »

I had reason to use this tool recently.
The author of the tool now makes it available from here
WSUS Offline Update website

Looks like Office 2000 support has been dropped though.
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« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2010, 10:00:27 AM »

What did you you use to obtain the direct links?

1) I studied the confirmation and download URLs and determined they were the same with one exception (details.aspx gets changed to confirmation.aspx in the URL)
2) I used Firefox to grab all the details links.
3) Quick find/replace in a text editor then gave me all the links to the 158 actual confirmation pages.
4) I then wrote a quickie AHK script that downloaded each confirmation page's HTML and used a simple regex on each to extract the actual file download URL.

Make sense?

That makes a lot of sense. I was snooping around the page source also but was not able to ascertain the information you did. Need more experience and also why I asked.  cheesy

I really appreciate all the WORK AND TIME  you put in in order to get the links available.  Thmbsup

Thanks again.
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« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2010, 10:05:32 AM »

That makes a lot of sense. I was snooping around the page source also but was not able to ascertain the information you did. Need more experience and also why I asked.  cheesy

I really appreciate all the WORK AND TIME  you put in in order to get the links available.  Thmbsup

Thanks again.

You're welcome.  It was no trouble.   cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2010, 11:03:14 AM »

I had reason to use this tool recently.
The author of the tool now makes it available from here
WSUS Offline Update website

Looks like Office 2000 support has been dropped though.

Yes the newest version has dropped Office 2000 support but you can still run the older version and get updates. I am currently trying to determine what files it does update compared the the files I found ( approx 158 ) searching MS website.

Too much info....too little time!  tongue
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