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Just Learnin'
03-21-2006, 09:32 AM
Not sure if this qualifies as an app but I think it does :scratch:

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AutoPatcher
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Autopatcher is a comprehensive collection of up-to-date security patches, addons and registry tweaks collated into a single package designed to update a Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows 2000 SP4 or Windows 2003 RTM system, without the need to use Microsoft Windows Update or connect to a network every time the Administrator needs to update from service pack level. Autopatcher is designed for users that format frequently or System Administrators that want to deploy updates to multiple Windows PCs. Autopatcher supports burning to CD/DVD or running from the Network or Local Hard Disk.

Autopatcher is updated frequently, often monthly or every few months. Two versions are available; the lite versions that only installs critical updates and recommended updates and the full version which includes commonly used applications such as Windows media player and also includes registry tweaks and utilities such as tweakui and task switch pro.

Link to the full Wiki article: AutoPatcher (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AutoPatcher)

The Home page for AutoPatcher is under Construction but offers links to downloads and forums: Home (http://www.autopatcher.com/)

Links to forums and downloads: Neowin (http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=409564) and for updates to the previous link Neowin2 (http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=432780)


Seems like a nice idea especially if you don't have high speed internet and you format often or do installs for others.

Has anyone tried this? :scratch: :beer:

Hawk
03-22-2006, 06:08 AM
Nope, I'll have to spend some time and take a look. At work, we have been using Patchlink. It's ok, I'm used to SWUS and SMS


:rock:

Just Learnin'
03-22-2006, 09:32 AM
I think that it is a good idea more for someone like myself who has not got high speed internet. It seems it ends the need for constant reboots after partial updates in order to get the next ones. Also it has monthly updates and offers both a Lite and Full version, Lite being critical updates only, Full includes .Net, media player etc. At least your system can be patched before going on line and being exposed to nasty worms etc. :thumb:

Seeing as how it does not require the Windows validation tool in order to update, and has monthly updates as well I can see pirates having a keen interest as well. :shhh:

Just Learnin'
06-27-2006, 11:49 PM
This worked GREAT! :yup: I installed XP Home and service pack 2 then installed the Autopatcher updates I had downloaded in March. When I went to Windows update there was very little left to update! :rock: Saved me tons of time on low speed internet! It also allows you to select Powertoys to install, it updates Media Player, DirectX, etc.etc. There are also extra desktops and other visual and system tweaks to choose from, it really rocks!! :bow:

Esso
07-07-2006, 05:35 PM
I have been using the Autopatcher for some time now, and it works great.
Get all three Autopatcher installation file, April, May and June 2006 files, (links in the list below).
Then you are getting the latest hotfixes.

Prior to the Autopatcher installation, the XP SP2 must have been installed.

http://www.autopatcher.com/

Autopatcher for Windows XP with SP2.

Autopatcher - April 2006 full release. (http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=453272)
Autopatcher - May 2006 update release. (http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=460888)
Autopatcher - June 2006 update release. (http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=471109)


Note, During the installation of Autopacher you can also tweak your system.
The Autopatcher June 2006 full installation file, is still in beta release state.

Just Learnin'
07-07-2006, 08:58 PM
:thumb: I have already downloaded and copied to a rewritable disk the latest updates. It made a complete install a pleasant experience in comparison to what it was before I used this application! :rock:

Pagan Wizard
09-16-2007, 04:43 PM
I have a minor problem with AutoPatcher. After I install it, I no longer have the Windows Start or Exit wav files playing. I even tried to change them to different wav files to see if that would cure the problem.....no luck. All other event sounds play as normal, with the exception of those two. Those wav files play normally in Media Player, along with all other wav files, MP3's etc. I should also tell you that I have a Creative Audigy sound card in case that makes any difference. Any suggestions??

Just Learnin'
09-16-2007, 05:33 PM
Have you tried going into Control Panel opening sounds and Audio Devices, clicking the Sounds Tab and either choosing Windows Default or selecting the sound you want for the event?

Pagan Wizard
09-16-2007, 05:54 PM
I have tried everything I can think of, including that, to make these two event wav's play. It doesn't matter what wav file or in what theme I am using...........they just won't play after installing AP. :beat:

Is there some hidden control panel in AP that would turn this on and off??

Just Learnin'
09-16-2007, 06:11 PM
I have not experienced that myself... Which AP release was it? I guess your also aware that AP is no more?

Found a post elsewhere which claims to have a fix: http://www.suggestafix.com/index.php?showtopic=21963

And if that doesn't work: http://forums.techguy.org/all-other-software/484342-solved-windows-xp-startup-shutdown.html

Pagan Wizard
09-16-2007, 07:26 PM
August 2007 release (final version)

Just Learnin'
09-16-2007, 07:34 PM
Any luck with those fixes? And it is possible that if you used AP for some time you may have taken advantage of some of the system tweaks they offered which might have done away with the startup/shutdown sounds.

Pagan Wizard
09-16-2007, 08:32 PM
I have not experienced that myself... Which AP release was it? I guess your also aware that AP is no more?

Found a post elsewhere which claims to have a fix: http://www.suggestafix.com/index.php?showtopic=21963

And if that doesn't work: http://forums.techguy.org/all-other-software/484342-solved-windows-xp-startup-shutdown.html

Great find!!! Both threads are talking about the exact same issue I had. I'll give it a shot next weekend when I have more time to deal with this. After I try this fix, I will let you know how things went. Thank you!! :beer:

Pagan Wizard
09-16-2007, 08:39 PM
Any luck with those fixes? And it is possible that if you used AP for some time you may have taken advantage of some of the system tweaks they offered which might have done away with the startup/shutdown sounds.

Actually this was my first time using AP.

Just Learnin'
09-16-2007, 09:15 PM
Hope it helped, not sure why it happened though?? I have used it in many installs without that issue. Did you install any of the extras it offers outside of Microsoft's updates and security patches?

Pagan Wizard
09-19-2007, 11:23 PM
Found a post elsewhere which claims to have a fix: http://www.suggestafix.com/index.php?showtopic=21963


Someone in this thread posted this....

"After installation of TweakUI, open the TweakuUI tool, by clicking [Start], All Programs, power toys for Win. XP, etc. With the TweakUI open, goto the -General- setting and then check the "Beep on errors". This should restore the startup and shutdown sounds. This worked for me."

This worked for me as well. Again.....great find, and thank you!!!!

Just Learnin'
09-19-2007, 11:29 PM
Happy it worked for you! Did you have TweakUI already installed?

Pagan Wizard
09-20-2007, 07:59 AM
No I did not, it was installed as part of AP. If it was not, I would have DL'ed and installed it as suggested in that thread.

Just Learnin'
09-20-2007, 10:55 PM
When you installed AP you must have manually selected it then. It is an optional feature along with numerous other tweaks which may be how you lost the sounds to begin with. You might have applied a tweak for faster boot/shutdown times which could explain the missing sounds.

Pagan Wizard
09-23-2007, 10:08 AM
When I installed AP, I also installed every available option. All defaults were in place which was the cause of my problem. I did not expect to see any changes in the way Windows operates just by installing these programs. As I am begining to have more time to explore these tools, I am finding all kinds of pretty cool toys that MS did not include in the original release of XP.

Just Learnin'
09-23-2007, 11:53 AM
:beer: A lot of what Autopatcher offers as extras are not even Microsoft software. :yup: Some of the add-ons offered by AP can change quite drastically the OS from it's stock installation.