First of all, sorry if this topic's been around before. I guess it has, but I honestly couldn't find anything on this manner here.
I need to install all the security patches Windows provides through its update system for XP SP2.
Long story short, I want to download them and install them manually somehow. At the very least, I need a list of all patches that apply to XP SP2, to be able to choose which ones I want to install, since many of them aren't mandatory for security purposes. Also knowing if there's any "required order of installing" and the like...and a handy way to download them all in one go, instead of having to search for, pick and do the old "ok/accept/done" clicking for each of the dozens of patches.
I guess this is called streamlining.
If you want the long version, here goes...
Normally, this system is rather whimsical on when it actually offers you the chance to start the downloads, even if you specify a time of day in the settings.
I always solve this by going to the Windows Update website, but in this case, the computer is running behind a firewall that blocks both Automatic Updates and the website. Moving the computer somewhere else for the duration of the patching is out of the question.
The people administering all this provide us with a SUS application that downloads all patches from within the servers, overriding the normal update service. However, this method is even more whimsical than XP normally is. I've been trying and trying, over whole days, and XP won't deign itself to start downloading patches. To this, the Systems people don't offer me any alternatives. I can imagine aplenty, since they clearly have to have the patches downloaded apart somewhere in reach. But from here it looks like an awful lot of bureaucracy would be involved.
Having easy, direct access to these downloads, instead of being at the mercy of these different update systems that could *really* use a little "update now" button, would be a huge boon to me, as I'm doing OS installs pretty often these days.
Thanks a lot in advance!