Automatically install Windows Updates / Hotfixes when installing Vista

If, like us, you run a BDD or MDT setup in order to install your Operating Systems, this might be useful 🙂

If you’d like to pre-install Vista updates and hotfixes while Vista is installing:

  1. Go to your Distribution Share (C:\Distribution)
  2. Go into Operating Systems, then find your Vista OS (C:\Distribution\Operating Systems\Windows Vista Business SP1 – 32bit\)
  3. Create a new folder in this directory called “update”
  4. Copy all of your Vista Update files (.msu) into this directory
  5. That’s it 🙂 The next time you run a Vista deployment, the updates will be pre-installed!
The same concept applies to installing from a Vista DVD.

Extra tip

If you’d like a list of updates released since Vista SP1, check out this site: http://aaron-kelley.net/downloads/hotfix/

When was Windows installed?

If you want to know when Windows was installed on a PC, try this from a command prompt:

systeminfo | find /i “install date”

Picked this one up from windowsnetworking.com 🙂