How to Manually Download and Install Windows Updates

Updates Icon Recently I was faced with a situation where I had an automatic update that wouldn’t install. To try and troubleshoot this issue, I needed a way to download the update so I could install it manually. Since Microsoft doesn’t offer such an option, I had to look elsewhere for help. Luckily, there is a program that was created to do just this.

Windows Update Downloader can manually download any update for Windows Vista, XP, 2003, 2000, Office 2003, and even Exchange 2003. It’s also great to use in conjunction with a Windows Vista Unattended Installation CD and Windows XP Unattended Installation CD so the updates are installed with the OS. Just follow these steps to get started.

Step 1: Download Windows Update Downloader and install it.

Step 2: Download the Update List for the product you wish to download updates for and double click it to automatically import it.


Step 3: Open Windows Update Downloader and select the updates you wish to download. You can change the location in which the updates are downloaded by clicking “Change” next to Download Folder. Click the “Show Options” button and select “Product as subfolder” to separate the downloaded updates into subfolders based on the product name. This makes them much easier to sort through if you are downloading updates for multiple products.


Step 4: Click “Download” to start downloading updates.


Step 5: Once the updates have finished, you can navigate to your download folder to retrieve your updates.


You are now ready to install the updates with a simple double click. If you have any experience with downloading Windows Updates manually, please feel free to share.

About The Author


With 20 years of experience in the IT industry including time spent running a successful IT consulting business, Casey enjoys teaching other techs and consultants how to succeed in an ever-changing industry.


  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply February 16, 2008

    So, is this an Autopatcher clone?

  • Casey

    Reply Reply February 16, 2008

    Actually Autopatcher is more like Offline Update which I wrote about here.

  • R. W. Ragan

    Reply Reply February 11, 2009


    I am unfamiliar with the “.ashx” extension on the downloaded file. What is the procedure to install this file type?


  • Casey

    Reply Reply February 12, 2009

    Hi R. W. Ragan,

    The website that contains the Windows Update Downloader has a .aspx extension because it was coded in ASP.NET. If you are unable to view this site then your browser must not support ASP.NET. I would recommend downloading the latest version of Firefox or Internet Explorer. Hope this helps 🙂


  • gregory sanchez

    Reply Reply May 31, 2009

    i have a virus that disables my update, and i need this program, but i have Windows Vista Service pack 1 32x Bit, so do i choose 86x or 64x?

    • Utkarsh

      Reply Reply April 1, 2015

      x86 is yours

  • Bill

    Reply Reply June 10, 2009

    on this lets say you started with windows xp sp1 then you upgrade to sp2 then to sp3 and you missed a few updates for sp1 & sp2 here and there. would you have to download both od the Windows XP Service Pack 2 & Windows XP Service Pack 3 Update Lists (ULs) or just the latest 1?

    • Casey

      Reply Reply June 17, 2009

      You should be able to get away with just installing Service Pack 3 plus any updates that were released after that.

  • banana.beach

    Reply Reply June 19, 2009

    Thanks a lot for this guide.

  • John

    Reply Reply August 29, 2009

    i have a question

    i have a Xp sp2 32-bit, will it work if i use the 64-bit list?

    • Donald

      Reply Reply October 23, 2013

      No, it wouldn’t; only use a Windows Update 32bit list. If you don’t the patches for 64bit systems would tell you that the patches you get are for a different version of Window.
      Regards, Donald

  • Jeanine

    Reply Reply September 1, 2009

    Thank you so much! i have been fighting with Microsoft for months over my updates not working. Everything on the net tells me to run them manually but i never figured out how until I came across this site. Thanks again!

  • vimal

    Reply Reply April 17, 2010

    good work keep it up….

  • Jim H

    Reply Reply May 17, 2010

    Is this still an option ? I cannot get to your website to download the installer…

    • Casey

      Reply Reply May 18, 2010

      Hi Jim,

      The site works for me. Just click on the download link on that page.

  • batman

    Reply Reply September 17, 2010

    Im operating windows vista SP1 with dual amd 64 bit processor. For some reason my windows update stopped working a while ago and I haven’t been able to dl updates for years now. I followed the instructions for this manual install but whenever i click on the downloaded update installs for the x64 SP2 updates (including critical updates, IE updates etc) ALL of them say that the update doesn’t apply to my system. I tried DLing the x82 files and they are exactly the same. Any way around this???

  • Joy

    Reply Reply September 23, 2010

    If There Any Way To Download Updates For Windows 7???

  • utkarsh

    Reply Reply October 5, 2010

    thank u for demonstrating clearly wat s 2 b done…

  • saeid

    Reply Reply October 11, 2010

    It was excellent thank u very much

  • Brother

    Reply Reply May 2, 2011



    Thank you very much for this suberb article! A friend of mine couldn’t update through Windows Update, it always said “error code 80070246”. Hope this will work out well!

  • Juanska

    Reply Reply May 24, 2011

    Hopefully this works.

  • Juanska

    Reply Reply May 24, 2011

    Yeah. It’s not working.

  • naz

    Reply Reply June 25, 2011

    u are really a God sent.thankx alot,this info really helped.

  • Josh

    Reply Reply November 2, 2011

    Link to download isn’t working. Please help.

    • Casey

      Reply Reply November 2, 2011

      The links have been fixed. Thanks!

  • Curious Apprentice

    Reply Reply January 3, 2012

    Hey can you tell me what is the advantage of offline update over online updates ? Can I apply offline updates on a pirated copy of win7 ?

  • mishal gul

    Reply Reply December 17, 2012

    i got the error “remote name could not be resolved”

  • puski

    Reply Reply January 8, 2013

    windows update on my laptop does not respond. it says some error .is there a way to resolve this?sometimes it even does not open . i had to open task manager and restart my windows 8 (32 bit) to close control panel.

  • fazil

    Reply Reply January 22, 2013

    i would like to know how to update my regional language, its show only us i need the arabic regions, could u pls help me to solve this problem

  • MDF

    Reply Reply April 5, 2013

    Get Work and Info!
    I have downloaded a ton of updates but do not want tospend the time it takes to double click each one to install it. Is there a way to install them all together in one process?

  • JR_Richards

    Reply Reply June 28, 2013

    Is there a program for windows server 2008. I can’t give that server internet access.


  • Lorraine

    Reply Reply July 17, 2013

    This was really helpful. thanks alot

  • Jayson

    Reply Reply September 14, 2013

    Thanks a lot, saves me a lot of time and effort..

  • Clint

    Reply Reply September 23, 2013

    Is there a way to install all the downloaded updates with one batch command? I’ve seen this somewhere but haven’t been able to find it again. Clicking on all 137 updates for XP takes forever!

  • Jason

    Reply Reply March 24, 2014

    I understand the updates can be installed one file at a time…but my question is much like the one that Clint asked on September 23, 2013. Are there ANY way to install the updates at once? Much like Clint, I have over 100 files to install and doing it manually one by one takes a lot of time. Please help!!

  • Sureshbabu

    Reply Reply February 24, 2015

    Hi Win2008 & win2008R2 any offline update pack available

  • Hydar Al-Tayr

    Reply Reply July 9, 2015

    Dear Publiser & Developer

    I am really thankful for your application it is solved alot of problem and saved my time.

    Thanks for that keep on
    Hydar from Sweden and Iraq

  • Thomas

    Reply Reply September 30, 2015

    Surprised this still works so well, Thank you for keeping the updates up-to-date. Made life easier with a Offline Virtualbox (window 7 pro) and getting the latest updates.

  • Jackie

    Reply Reply November 2, 2015

    I downloaded security updates. When I clicked on several of them each one said “this update is not compatible with your computer”. I also tried downloading NLite which is recommended on WUD website. Nlite didn’t recognize any of the files I downloaded.

    Sure wish I could get this to work. I have hundreds of updates to do.

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