Back in September of 2007 I wrote a quick post taking about how Autopatcher was down, and was no longer developing future releases. Well I checked today, and they are back my friends! Now you can get your systems all up to date in one friggin’ shot again and bypass Windows Update!
If you have never used Autopatcher, get ready to live! This tool makes your life so much friggin’ easier especially if you use disk imaging solutions like Symantec Ghost, or Fog and after a few months your images get out of date. With this free tool, you can slam down and image, and get them patched up lickity split! It’s even faster than using WSUS!
Here is a description from their site:
How many times did you have to leave your computer, after a format, to download the updates you had before it? How many times did you have to go do something else, leaving your friend’s computer download the load of updates with their poor little dial-up modem? How many times have you wished for the updates to be portable from one computer to another and not require but a few mouse clicks to install?
If you’re the “computer guy” of the pack, no doubt the answer to the above questions was “I’ve lost count”! And if you have one or two computers you should consider yourself lucky as well. Think of what would happen if you had to update ten or twenty computers daily!
Is there any way to avoid all this trouble?
Besides the updates one finds on Windows Update (which are not portable), Microsoft also issues special updates (called administrative updates or network install updates), which do not require an Internet connection present during the installation process. The user however will have to answer to a series of (for the most part identical) questions. Even this can be an annoyance since it requires the user’s presence for quite some time.
AutoPatcher is based on the functionality of these special updates, automating their installation process. This way, with only a few mouse clicks and two minutes of your time, AutoPatcher is able to continue with the installation of the items you selected. In short, AutoPatcher combines the advantage of both Windows Update (presentation and description of updates and automated installation), and the special administrative updates (portability and installation without the need of an Internet connection).
A new thing I like in this version is besides Microsoft products, it also now provides updates for Adobe Reader and Adobe Air too! Boom!
I am super excited about this! Autopatcher made my life a lot easier before it went away, and now that it is back and compatible with Windows 7 as well as updating non-Microsoft products it will make my life easier again!
Do you know of any tools like Autopatcher? Are the free? Let us know in the comments.