First post, by DosFreak
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)
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.