This article is part three of three for Windows Vista 32 bit and one in a series in which I enumerate all current updates for Windows Vista and Windows 7. Part one is located here and is about installing Windows Vista, Service Packs 1 and 2, Internet Explorer 9, and DotNET. Part two is on installing the over 130 updates an upatched installation of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 requires. This article is on installing XML. I am listing patches for the most recent baseline – which is Service Pack 2, Internet Explorer 9, DotNET Frameworks v1.1 Service Pack 1, v3.5 Service Pack 1, and v4.5.2 and MSXML 4.0. If you are trying to run Internet Explorer 7 or 8 (for example) on your Windows Vista box and want to know the latest security patches for that – they aren’t listed here and won’t be.
The installations and batch files were tested on an Intel S3000AH server motherboard running an Intel E2160 Pentium dual core processor at 1.8 GHz with 1 MB cache and 800 MHz front side bus. RAM used was 2 GB of DDR2 667MHz (PC2-5300) ECC RAM.
If you need to automate the installation of Windows Vista, get familiar with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Update 1. It supports Office 2010 automatic installation during the same operation as the Windows Vista installation. Download the version (x86 – 32 bit or x64 – 64 bit) that matches the computer you are installing MDT on – once installed, MDT can deploy both x86 and x64 versions of Windows and Office.
The batch file assume that you’ve copied the patches to the C: drive into a folder named Patches. If you have them on a flash drive/CD/DVD etc., you must edit the line “set PATHTOFIXES=C:Patches” (without the quotes) accordingly. Do not have any spaces in the folder names – it’s possible to make the batch file work with spaces in the folders names (path) but it’s more complicated.
The order the patches are applied in is important! They should be done in the order I’ve listed them in this article. If not, some patches will not “take” and will need to be reapplied. A reboot (restart) of the computer is required after the updates – running the batch file to do the updating should do this automatically.
12) Download and install XML on Windows Vista – only two files are needed. I will integrate those installations into one of the batch files for the articles I’ll write after the August 2014 patch Tuesday (August 12, 2014).
REM Copy and paste this text into a text file. Save it as installXML4.cmd.
REM Put it into C:Patches. Right click on it and click “Run as administrator” to run it.
%PATHTOFIXES%msxml.msi q norestart
REM End of batch file text
13) Install your preferred antivirus program and reboot if necessary. Reconnect to the internet and IMMEDIATELY update the antivirus program.
14) Visit Windows Update and install the updated Microsoft Update client as well as any updates that were missed. The latest Microsoft Update client is only available for Windows Vista by downloading it from Windows Update.
If you missed the other parts of this series, part one is here and part two is here. If there are missing links or errors, please let me know in the comments.