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Download the Patches from our Patches & Updates Guides

If you have a legacy operating system or Microsoft Office release and are looking to download all of the officially available updates, in their original, unmodified formats. It can be a problem getting hold of the download binaries for some of the older patches.

Unfortunately, due to rampant abuse, HPC:Factor stopped providing public downloads of Internet Explorer in 2009. The simple fact was it was costing us a lot in bandwidth for no return. We even had system administrators installing labs of machines from our download servers which had become unacceptable and unsustainable.

As you can see, HPC:Factor is a community website that is NOT supported by advertising. All of the running costs are paid for by the the owners and in that your donations help. We also appreciate that the resources here are have been useful for the legacy community and that with your support, we can keep this site ad-free for our community.

Consequently, we ask for donations if you would like to download any of the below file sets from us.



Donate to Download

If you use any of the following platforms (and have seen our patching guides for them) then you will know what the patch list looks like for the platform. If you would like to get hold of the downloads found in the patching guides as a single download (zip) for any of the following platforms or technologies then we ask you to make a sensible donation to help with our running costs.

Please note carefully the following terms relating to this:

  1. Please make a donation to the site using PayPal using the form below.
  2. The minimum acceptable donation is £2.00 GBP. Donations lower than this will be absorbed by PayPal fees and do not help our community in any way.
  3. You Do Not need to register an account here at HPC:Factor.
  4. You Do Not need to subscribe to HPC:Factor.
  5. Please email the HPC:Factor Webmaster with the details of the download sets that you require (and languages where applicable) and we will provide you with personalised download links.
  6. You will not be given access to download data from any other area of the site.
  7. Your request is not processed by a computer. It will be processed by a real person as soon as possible - please be patient; we have to sleep too!
  8. If we feel that you are being unfair in your request to us, we may, at our discretion reserve the right to limit you to 250 MB per £1.00 donated.
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Please Note: +Subscriber status can only be added to your account for a donation greater than £10.00 GBP.


What Download sets can I request?


Windows NT


Microsoft Internet Explorer


Microsoft Office

  • Outlook 98
    [Part of Office 97]
  • Office X Mac
    [277 MB]
  • Office 2004 Mac
    [928 MB]
  • Office 2008 Mac
    [980 MB]

What languages do you have files in?

For Windows and Office, English only.

For Internet Explorer, we have the original installers available in virtually all of the languages that Microsoft release them in. Just let us know. For more on Internet Explorer options click here.


What do I get?

For Internet Explorer an inflatable .exe with the original Internet Explorer redistributable files plus the HPC:Factor Active Desktop component installed (for IE 5.5 SP2 under Windows 95 or IE 6.0 SP1 for NT 4.0).

View: Internet Explorer options

For the operating systems and Microsoft Office, we can provide a zip file containing the updates stated on the patch list page.

View: HPC:Factor Patching Guides


How do I donate?

Make a donation through PayPal by clicking on any of the 'donate' links found throughout the site, then drop an email to the HPC:Factor Webmaster.

Custom Donation
Please Note: +Subscriber status can only be added to your account for a donation greater than £10.00 GBP.



What is a 'sensible' donation?

I can certainly tell you what a sensible donation is not: The hundreds of people who donate £0.01 (1 pence) in the hope that can trick us. PayPal actually take your 1p and charge us... you guessed it, 1p for the privilege. You are wasting your own time.

We do not have an automated donations system, your donation will be processed by a human being.

Your donations help our community. Our community has been online and ad-free since 1999. We do not data mine or sell our user information, we are not associated with app stores, sponsors or social networks. We have no revenue streams at all. It is a community site that is effectively run at a loss for the benefit of the community that it serves.

Your donation helps us in that regard.

Please be aware that for donations under £1.00, we will not see any income from it as PayPal take most (or all) of it in fees. Consequently we ask for the minimum you consider to be £2.00. If you are asking for a lot of files or MB of data unfairly, we will limit you to 200 MB per £1.00 donated. Fortunately, this seldom happens - and we are very grateful to the wider Internet community for their support of our non-profit community.

So what is sensible? That is up to you.


I am looking for something in particular, can I make a request?

Sure! If you are looking for something that you haven't seen specifically mentioned, drop the webmaster a line and we will see what we can do.


Am I entering into an agreement to buy from you?

No. We will try to honour all donations of over £1.00 that request access to binary content in return for that donation. We realise that many of the people who want access to this content have nothing to do with our community, donations are simply a way that we can subsidise our own costs.


Where does all of this come from?

The information & research on best practices has been gathered from Microsoft and also from 'The Archive', a personal project of HPC:Factor Editor Chris Tilley which contains extensive lists of Microsoft updates, add-ons and fixes.

HPC Factor is keen to stress that the information and recommendations that we make here are not necessarily the opinions of the Microsoft Corporation. It is aimed at end users and system administrators.
If you are in a company, please ensure to consult with your IT department before running any updates on your system.


Can I have a copy of the entire archive?

No, not over download. At the time of writing it weighs in at just over 234GB.