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I work for a small PC repair business and installing Windows updates is one of the most dreadful tasks I have to do. Constantly rebooting, and clicking buttons, it gets tiresome.

I'm sure there's more automated ways to do this, although I don't where to begin looking.
Ideally I would like to have a local server that automatically downloads new updates as they are released and then be able to batch download and install all the required updates on a clients computer, without having to stay close to click next, reboot or whatever.

Anything close to this would make my job a whole lot easier. So many hours wasted installing windows updates when I could be doing something else.

This is probably a noob question, I don't know much about setting up windows networks. Something like this has probably been used for ages in enterprise environments.

Thanks in advance.

btw, I'm mostly working with XP/Vista/Win7 if that matters.

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I'm guessing these are random PCs and not on a domain, so GPOs would be out of the question? If not, WSUS w/ GPO could be looked into: – Malnizzle Jan 23 '11 at 17:23
One thing to be aware of is that you are not allowed to use WSUS on pc's not owned by your company, it breaks the licence agreement. – Sam Jan 23 '11 at 17:29
mmm good call Sam – Malnizzle Jan 23 '11 at 17:31
Yea, they're all random PCs from random clients. MS sure don't make it easy to keep things legal. – steini Jan 23 '11 at 17:33
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Look at WSUS Offline Update. It's will automatically install all important updates and even automate the restarts for you if you want.

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Thanks, this looks like exactly what I'm looking for. I'll give it a go tomorrow. – steini Jan 23 '11 at 17:35

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