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 perform a Windows 7 manual update (note it works for several other versions of Windows too – see the list below). 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. Read on below.
The Software you need – Windows Updates Downloader:
This Windows update installer helps you manually install Windows updates. It saves manually downloading each of the installs individually, which used to be required. It is an essential part of my step-by-step guide, and you’ll use it and learn how to do it yourself. 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.
It works for:
- Windows 7,
- Windows 8,
- Windows Vista,
- Windows XP,
- Windows 2003 Server,
- Windows 2000,
- Office 2003, and even
- Exchange 2003.
Just follow the steps below to get started.
Step 1: Get Windows Update Downloader
Click on the link to find and Download Windows Updates Downloader, and then install it. This is immensely popular software with hundreds of thousands of downloads.
Step 2: Download the Updates List
Click on the link to find and Download the Update List for the product you wish to download updates for and double click it to automatically import it. When it has been installed it will give you the following message saying “Compressed UL file installed”.
Step 3: Open Windows Update Downloader and Select Files
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 (see the screenshot below). 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: Download Updates
Click “Download” to start downloading updates. You will see the progress bars indicate the progress through the process for each item, as shown below.
Step 5: Retrieve Your Updates
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 to run. If you have any experience with downloading Windows Updates manually, please feel free to share in the comments below to give feedback and to help others.
Summary of How to Download and Install Windows Updates Manually
So that is how you can get out of trouble when Windows updates won’t install automatically. My issue was to perform a Windows 7 manual update, but as your saw above it also works for Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, Windows 2000, Office 2003, and even Exchange 2003. Windows Update Downloader is the software tool to use to download windows 7 updates manually, and it is very popular.