WHDownload was once one of my favorite Windows & Office Download utility back in the day, until the developer Alphawaves decided to stop the project due time and other reasons. Now the downloader utility is finally back with a new fresh look which makes it very easy for everyone to download Windows and Office specific updates without Windows Update Servers.
WHDownloader (former Windows Hotfix Downloader) is developed by Alphawaves which is a known member of the MDL forums. He decided one day to program a little Windows utility which downloads Windows and Office updates and the community was happy to get such tool which doesn’t come with any ads or other bloatware. The last minor program update was from 2015.
The program is closed source and I already tried to ask Alphawaves to release the source which he refused (for no reasons). However, the portable freeware program basically download the Windows Update list based on abbobi1406 & burfadel (also both MDL forum members and known from several other pages and projects) on the same location like the WHDownloader.exe in a separate folder called UpdateLists. The lists are coming in a special format with the .wh extension so that you aren’t able to read out their source – I guess those guys don’t want to reveal their sources.
Since the program is portable you can execute it from every location. Click on the very left button “Download all latest Update lists” (the little arrow) in order to get the latest Windows 7 – 10 and Office 2010 – 2016 updates. You can choose from the drag & drop menu what you like to download and it will download all the latest Windows or Microsoft Office Updates. You must download first the Update lists in order to see the drop down menu.
Compared to other Updates Downloaders or Packs it also downloads Hotfixes and all other optional related updates.
Once you selected the Updates you like to have, you need to hit the big ‘Download’ button on the left bottom. The updates are then downloaded into a separated folder you can then batch-install them, manually or use them in order to fill your latest ISO with the latest updates.
The config.ini allows you to manually tweak the program, so you can eg. use a proxy in order to download the Updates.
Almost a perfect tool
I recommend the utility since many years but there some things which are missing:
- Schedule option to automatically search or download the updates
- A batch install option in order to make the installation process easier
- A notification popup or information to know if any of those lists are updated, so you not need to download the entire list over and over again (because it maybe wasn’t updated).
- The program should be open sources among the update lists in order to keep the program and it’s listed maintained
- Maybe an option to slipstream the Updates into Windows/Office directly
V0.0.2.3 adds a new GUI into the program which will be improved in future updates.
- Added Update installer – Integrator (still in progress)
- New GUI in progress
- Update check updated
The best Office and Windows Updater Downloader is back and I once again can recommend this little useful utility for every Windows and Office users. The program has the benefit that it doesn’t need Windows Update in order to fetch the update lists or to download them which is a big plus. You can easily download even updates which aren’t for you system which is another plus in case you want to test some updates or slipstream them in order to test the OS or Office in a VM or on a real PC.
The program gets my full recommendation.