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Share windows update download files between two machines?

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    Share windows update download files between two machines?


    If you have, say, two laptops both running Windows 8.1, and it gets to the monthly Microsoft update Tuesday it seems crazy to have both machines independently downloading the same set of updates totalling around 300MB as was the case yesterday. Does anyone know if it is possible for one machine to run the updates, and then share the download files with another machine - whether via the local network (LAN) or via a usbkey or other media?

    Certainly on my linux machines I have one machine run udpates and I then share the update package cache with all other machines saving considerable bandwidth on my home broadband connection. It would make a lot of sense to be able to do the same for Windows machines running the same version of Windows. The saving would increase even more if there was more than two machines in the same household such as if all members of the same family had their own machine.

    Thanks for any tips or suggestions.

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    You can only download update files, copy them to other computer and install them manually.
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    At OP .. also refer to this thread here ..
    Apply latest Win 8.1 update to a Laptop plus a Desktop
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atomcrusher View Post
    At OP .. also refer to this thread here ..
    Apply latest Win 8.1 update to a Laptop plus a Desktop
    Thank you for the link - I will look at the details and see if I can use it to get updates copied from one machine to another.

    Edit: The link seems to be specific to a particular update - it would be nice if there was a more universal way to update every month and then copy the update files to the second machine - unless I missed something in the link? Is there a general way to "sync" the update files from one machine to another and then run the updates on the second machine without the need to download a second time? That would be really useful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    That's excellent - thank you.
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    Glad it helped!
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