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First post, by DosFreak

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So I'm going through all the Windows versions and setting up a bare VM straight off the CD and a duplicate VM with all updates applied pulled from Windows update. (Yes I'm aware of slipstreaming)
I've been working backwards starting from Windows 11. Had to download a few updates to get Windows 7 downloading from Windows Update but no big deal.
Then I hit Vista. No matter what updates I installed no luck. I'd heard that if Windows Update detects v6003 instead of v6002 then Windows Update wouldn't work but no luck there so I went googling and found:

Windows Update Client fix for Vista 6003 (SHA-2 endpoint fix)
https://board.eclipse.cx/viewtopic.php?p=836&i=1

After installing about a dozen prerequisite updates first (I'm installing more than just what the documentation recommends) I finally have a Vista VM pulling updates from Windows update on 11-24-2021 @ 3:23pm.
If you get an error then try the Vista option in the patcher instead of Vista + 2008 or try to update multiple times I'm guessing there are so many updates it's erroring out. It popped up 188 important updates with 2 optional for me.

After Vista it's XP->2000->ME->98->95 and then mabye think about the server Operating Systems but I'm mainly doing this for compatibility testing.
Doubtful I'll have any luck with less than XP for Windows Update so will have to look into my collection for old versions of autopatcher, wsus offline, Windows Security Update CD and scripts.

Last edited by DosFreak on 2021-12-02, 01:20. Edited 2 times in total.

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Reply 1 of 4, by dr_st

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Before the official 2017 EOL, I recall having to manually install the pre-requisite updates every once in a while to fix the "Windows Update takes forever" bug, as described in this thread:
https://msfn.org/board/topic/175919-windows-u … taking-forever/

After the EOL, and up until I finally gave up on Vista about a year ago, I was installing Server 2008 SP2 manually, as explained here:
https://msfn.org/board/topic/176686-server-20 … -vista/page/30/

The funny thing is that even ESU updates install on Vista, without any patches/hacks, most likely because the code that rejects them in the absence of a proper ESU license has not been ported to Vista.

However, it was all manual. Looks like the above WU client patch allows Vista to automatically pull Server 2008 updates? That's cool.

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Reply 2 of 4, by DosFreak

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This may work for 2000 and XP. Haven't tried it yet:
https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/rest … ver-2003.82538/

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Reply 3 of 4, by DosFreak

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I can confirm that this works for Windows XP, will test 2000 next.
https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/rest … ver-2003.82538/

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Also works for Windows 2000 but you won't be able to run it on Windows 2000. You'll need to run it on another machine and the on the 2000 machine you'll need to:
Install IE6SP1
Install Windows Update Agent 3.0
Install Windows Installer 3.1
Copy reg.exe from an XP machine to the same folder as the batch file
Copy Add_wsus and remove_wsus batch files to 2000 machine
Update Add_wsus batch file with IP address of machine running the proxy.
The MiniTool will have no pictures or text on the buttons, just hit the first big button to run a search and the third to install
Currently testing with a slipstreamed SP4 with nothing else installed except what I listed above.

Obviously if you have a WSUS server then you're likely good for 2000+ and mabye ME. I'm testing regular user methods to update Windows first.

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Reply 4 of 4, by DosFreak

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Looks like WSUS on server 2022 has 2000 as the minimum so anything less will be manual/scripted/autopatcher/integrated.

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