how about that WindizUpdate firefox plugin/update?
havent used it myself but it featured in a thread here lately without any negativity
I've been using WinDiz for a few years with no problems. My understanding is that the downloads come directly from the Microsoft Update site - the WinDiz people sort out things like the Windows Genuine Advantage downloads and list updates in the critical, security, and driver areas.
Autopatcher I've never used for updates - I've used it to slipstream XP or XP SP1 with XP SP2.
nlite is good - it allows you to to create an (unattended, if you wish) Windows installation CD that leaves out any parts of Windows that you don't want installed, and it will include any updates and hotfixes that have been installed on your system to date.
There's an excellent tutorial here:http://teamtutorials...dows-install-w-nlite
with links to update packs with .NET framework included and a link to a site with info on what not to take out.
nlite doesn't download all in the updates in one go round though.
You can get all the downloads from the Microsoft Catalog Update:http://v4.windowsupd...icrosoft.com/catalog
This is not
This is where you can download updates etc. for most Microsoft products that bypasses Windows Update.
and there's an article in Microsoft Support on:
"How to download updates and drivers from the Windows Update Catalog"http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323166
Microsoft Download Center: Helphttp://www.microsoft...=en&content=help