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How to backup already downloaded update files- windows 8.1

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    How to backup already downloaded update files- windows 8.1


    I have windows 8.1 and get it updated once a week.
    So all updates cumulate to above 1 gb(roughly) along with the nvidia griphic card drivers.

    My system is damn slow and i cant find a reason.
    I have removed the unwanted startup items and some auto update services like Nvidia update service.
    Still the windows 8.1 in my laptop takes long time to respond on right clicking,selecting ad opening files,pdf etc.What could be bugging it?

    So want to refresh my windows 8.1.Will refreshing PC remove all updates till now?
    I dont want to waste my restricted bandwidth re downloading it all again.So i want to back up already downloaded update files.
    Pls help me

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  2. #2


    Canon City
    Posts : 249
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    I don't believe refreshing your PC removes updates as I think this on removes traditional desktop applications and sets Windows configuration back to defaults along with cleaning the drive. Now if you you "reset your PC" then everything will get wiped. Your Nvidia updates are driver updates so those should be more then fine as the point of a "refresh pc" is to not have to do all the leg work of a fresh install.

    Now if you are still wanting to backup your updates I was looking online and most show a way of getting the updates through Microsoft websites and saving the download which does not help you as you would have to download again anyway.

    Hopefully someone can shed more light on backing up updates after they had been installed or will confirm that "refresh pc" does not remove currently installed updates.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Hadez,

    Yes, when you refresh Windows, all installed Windows Updates will be removed.

    See: Refresh Windows 8

    Unfortunately, the safest method would be to reinstall them afterwards.
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  4. #4


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    There is no way you can save installed updates. Before they are installed you can 'hide' them and thereby saving them, but after the installation they may have replaced old code, changed registry entries, created new .dlls and done all kinds of things. There is no way to follow the path.
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    Posts : 9
    window 8


    if you are still wanting to backup your updates I was looking online and most show a way of getting the updates through Microsoft websites and saving the download which does not help you as you would have to download again anyway.

    Windows Update - Download Standalone MSU Installer File - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Last edited by Brink; 29 Mar 2014 at 11:14. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  6. #6


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Assuming you could download them all, there is a downfall to applying them manually. Windows update does them in a particular order as some of them have dependencies on other updates. Some have to be done before others. Now assuming you know the order, your still going to have a ton of reboots to apply them one by one. Windows update can do them in bunches which saves a lot of time and reboots. An IT Pro may want to do it that way if he or she plans on making an image to be used on other identical PC's. In the past I used to download things like DirectX, IE, Silverlight, etc if there were newer versions than what the OS shipped with. With Microsoft's rapid release cycle I don't even do that anymore.
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