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2020-01-05 23:02 »

5.28 GB (5,677,646,454 bytes). All languages, with only ENU SP3 (that one's muh precious). Not a biggie, couple of DVDs maybe a couple of extras just in case. :thumbup:

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2020-01-10 16:14 »

Let me know when you are ready to upload, I'll setup an FTP account for cache of the files.

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2020-01-19 06:40 »

I'm kinda picking at a few things... The basic methodology isn't gonna change (the updates and install order will be the same), but I'm adding some checks to the BATs (Hey, is this really XP 32-bit?), (some clues that perhaps you've already ran *this BAT*), gonna *hopefully* have the BAT files take care of the registry entry and the regsvr32 command (eliminate those steps). Gonna install everything using BATs. The idea - Run 1.BAT, reboot, run 2.BAT, reboot.... I think there'll be 5 or 6 total. *I think*.

Pondering uploading all the BATs here and working on a "downloader" of sorts using wget. Trying to come up with something to stop that having to spawn a new command prompt window for each download. I'm thinking that you (!) can use those to get the files and back up if you want. My upload speeds are shit.

7-zip also allows the creation of self-extracting EXE files... So, after you use my "downloader", you could go into the folder with all the files, Select All.... Something I might need to know in advance is if you're planning on backing up SP3 with those files.

As much as I'd like to, I'm not gonna work on the non-SSE2 updates. The only computer that I own without SSE2 is a Pentium 90. Seriously, not gonna try XP on that. I also don't think this will be as simple as cutting all updates Microsoft made available after a certain date (although after August 2018 definitely should be treated as suspect). If anyone else would like to offer to dig in to that, I'm fairly confident that it would be much appreciated (gotta be quite a few Pentium 2 and 3 machines still running XP out there). Basically, look at my current 3.BAT files and eliminate all the stuff that requires SSE2.

Perhaps when I finish up, we could get people to offer to translate BATs and readmes for non-English updates. Hey, it never hurts to put it out there.

I think once I get all this ready, I'll start a new thread. Instead of crapping it up with a bunch download links, maybe I'll make a series of HTML files for all languages and put 'em in a ZIP, so they can download and use locally. :think:

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2020-01-20 19:09 »

I have no PC right now. :sad:

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2020-01-20 20:46 »

No worries, I still have everything backed. I'm thinking of simplifying my grandiose ideas too. LOL, just gonna do something simple and be done with it.

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2020-01-26 06:12 »

I'm getting there. SP3 and IE8 are so annoying. I ran across this for installing SP3 silently:

https://www.symantec.com/connect/forums ... n-question

In amongst the suggestions for using some AutoIT scripts, there was this gold nugget:
cigpkg

What we did was run the WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86.exe with a /q /x option to quietly extract the contents to a location of our choosing. Once the extraction is done, under the extracted location, run i386/update/update.exe /quiet /norestart. When run this way the install runs completely silent.
Probably close what I'll do for my own use, but for now I guess once I have my "downloader" done, I just suggest/recommend it as an alternative and provide a replacement for the BAT file the currently runs the install for SP3.

I found a way to install IE 8 without user intervention, however that method finishes the install on reboot and then forces another reboot :roll:

cigpkg, ain't that an awesome username?

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2020-01-26 17:04 »

windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-enu_c81472f7eeea2eca421e116cd4c03e2300ebfde4.exe -x:"%~dp0" /q

Seems ugly, but it works.

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2020-01-30 03:58 »

Well, was gonna put in a 'code box', but I found one character does not render on the site. So, here's a bat with a txt extension.

Spaghetti code theater?
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2020-02-15 04:27 »

Well, I said I'd try to do something simple. I lied. LOL!

Trying to collect my thoughts here. I've pounded out an English version of what I've been wanting. It's essentially a 'downloader' that creates a kit to update XP with. You download the attached zip file, extract it to a folder and run (double-click) ENU_DL.BAT. It creates a bunch of folders and new BAT files for you that you can then use to update. If you open the README, please close it before running ENU_DL.BAT. The README for the 'downloader' becomes a README for the 'update kit'. Once ENU_DL.BAT has finished if you close it by pressing a key on the keyboard, it deletes itself, leaving you with nothing but the 'update kit'. If you forget and close it by clicking the 'X' on the GUI, just delete ENU_DL.BAT after running it.

I now have ***experimental*** support for non-SSE2 processors. For those of you running non-SSE2 PCs, I strongly suggest shutting off Automatic Updates, because Microsoft will fuck you hard by trying to install the stuff I've intentionally left out. :shifty: I'm calling this experimental, because I can't be absolutely certain all SSE2 stuff is gone.

I've added something new, BAT files that open when you reboot, that say:

You've run X.BAT, proceed with Y.BAT....

Oh yeah, if you have a system speaker, you'll probably hear a beep when the BATs complete, or are providing info, et cetera.

to help you keep track of everything. Please close those before running the next BAT.

I'm using wget 1.19.4 for downloading, from here originally:

https://eternallybored.org/misc/wget/

and for SSE2 checking, I'm using CHKCPU32 v2.14:

http://web.inter.nl.net/hcc/J.Steunebrink/chkcpu.htm

Short of discovering any huge boo-boos, the only thing that may change is the README(s).

For you brave souls:
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2020-02-15 04:37 »

Oh yeah, once you've ran ENU_DL.BAT, to use the 'update kit', run 1.BAT, reboot, 2.BAT reboot....

Pay attention to the beeps, they don't necessarily mean 'done'. :thumbup:

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