AutoPatcher x64 is widely known as an alternative to Windows Update, with the advantage that all the hotfixes are provided via a single download package. This eliminates the need of an Internet connection during update, as the AutoPatcher can be downloaded in advance or from a different machine and installed offline.
AutoPatcher x64 is part of a larger suite of products that addresses Windows 2000, XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008, Vista and 7. This particular release was issued for Windows XP x64 SP 2 and Server 2003 x64 SP2.
The package weighs over 400 MBs, but this is justified by the considerable amount of included updates and hotfixes. As a consequence, installation takes a few minutes, so patience is required on your side. As soon as the program is deployed and launched, you are offered a selection of updates and addons that are compatible with your system.
Select the ones you wish to install (although it is recommended to check all the boxes) and let the program do its job. Meanwhile, you can continue working on your computer as usual, since the deployment of the updates won’t bother you in any way. In fact, the process resembles the standard Windows Update algorithm and requires a computer restart in order to succeed.
In conclusion, AutoPatcher x64 is a great way to patch your computer with the latest Microsoft updates, despite the lack of an Internet connection. In addition to all the hotfixes, you might occasionally get a fresh new set of wallpapers to enhance the looks of your desktop.
Unfortunately, starting August 29, 2007, Microsoft requested that the project be ceased, supposedly because of the security risks that third party distributions might bundle.