Windows Tip - How to extract and view contents of a Microsoft Update

About expand

The expand command is use to take a compressed Windows file and "expand" it to its original format.

See the expand computer dictionary definition for further information about this term.


The expand command is an external command and is available in the below Microsoft operating systems.

MS-DOS 6.0 and above
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7

PCWizkid Tutorial on how to use the expand command to view a files of an update package

Video Notes
expand -f:* {update name}.msu {destination folder}
expand -f:* {update name}.cab {destination folder}