How To Download Windows 10 Updates Manually (And Install)

Need To Download Windows 10 Updates Manually (and Install them)?

When you have not received a recent Windows 10 update, this is how to check for updates, how to download Windows 10 updates manually, and install them. Some of you may have used WUD (Windows Updates installer) for older versions and this article shows you the way for the current version. We cover incremental updates here, not how to upgrade completely from an older version of Windows to Windows 10. Please read on to see how.

Introduction – How to Download and Install Windows 10 Updates Manually

Sure enough, most people’s systems have enabled automatic updates to ensure their system is always up to date. It makes sure you have the latest tested updates to help maximize security by patching any identified security issues and making other incremental system improvements.

However, sometimes there can be issues or delays with the automatic update and so you may want to know how to download windows 10 updates manually, and install them yourself. Be wary though, because an update might not appear on a device because Microsoft identified it as being incompatible.

This article follows on from my very popular article ‘How to Manually Download and Install (older versions of) Windows Updates‘. That is for Windows 7 or Windows XP etc. (up to Windows 8.1). However, WUD (the Windows updates downloader in its older form) is not applicable for Windows 10. This article shows what to do for the current version.

RELATED TOPIC: Did you know you can pause windows automatic updates? You can learn how to pause or stop completely windows updates here.

General description of the steps

First I will show you how to check for updates. There is a possibility this can trigger your downloads, so worth a try. You might have already done this and if not I have screen copies so it should be easy to follow.

Next we will look at how to find the system type and the build information for your Windows 10 OS. This will be helpful because you will need to know up to which update is your system. To get where you are going you need to know from where you start!

Then I’ll show you where and how to identify the updates you need. There is a trick to this!

You will then need to go to the right place to find them, and I’ll show you how to get there.

And finally for the manual download part, I’ll show you how to actually download the patches.

That is all made very easy with some examples and screen shots.

Finally, I will show you how to manually install Windows 10 updates to your device.

The Procedure – How To Download Windows 10 Updates Manually (And Install them)

Step 1: Start or go to system Settings

Click the Windows 10 icon on the task bar, then the gear icon for Settings.

download windows 10 updates manually settings

Windows logo icon, Settings icon

You may need to click on the Home icon.

manually download windows 10 updates settings home

Home icon top left in Settings

Step 2: Go to Windows Update

The last settings category ‘Update and Security’ is the one you need, which is for Windows 10 Update, recovery and backup.

manually update windows 10 update security

Alternatively to both step 1 and 2, you can type ‘windows update’ or possibly just start to type ‘update’ into the task bar search box and watch for the results to show ‘Check for Updates’.

check for windows 10 updates

Check for Windows 10 updates using task bar search

Step 3: Check for Windows 10 Updates Manually

Click or tap on ‘Check for Updates’. This will manually trigger the check.

Ideally there will not be anything else for you to do. This is the quickest way to initiate manually to download and install windows 10 updates.

If for some reason you know it is not up to date, then proceed on to step 4.

Check for windows 10 updates manually

Check for Windows Updates (yours might not say ‘You’re up to date’).

Step 4: Check out your Windows 10 Build information

If you are continuing on from step 3 you can get to your build information from ‘Windows Update’ in Settings.

Scroll down and click or tap ‘OS Build Info’.

how to manually update windows 10 - OS build

You will then see something like the screen copy below.

Take note of the System Type (eg. Windows 10 64-bit, x64-based).

manually download windows10 updates 64-bit

Check and record the System Type as you use it later to download the correct Windows 10 patches.

Scroll down further to Windows Specifications. This shows you the build and version information (among other things). Take note of these (eg. Version 1803).

Your data will be something like in the screen copy below.

windows10 update manually build version

Your Version and OS build may be different!

Step 5: Identify the required KB number updates in the Windows 10 Update History

Click the following link to go to the Windows 10 Update History files location (this will open in a new tab).

Locate on the left hand side the Windows 10 Version number to match your version. Above that will be the updates you don’t yet have.

If necessary click to expand the version(s) above yours. In the example shown below there are four (knowledge base) KB numbers (along with the OS Build number).

windows 10 update list to manually download and install

List of Windows 10 updates to manually download and install.

You can click each one to read more about the updates. For example you can read that OS Build 17134.112 was released June 12, 2018, and applies to Windows 10 version 1803. They tell you any already known issues with the update and known work arounds you can use if they are relevant to your system. Worth reading if your system hasn’t already downloaded and installed the updates to see if you can see why.

You need to record all of the relevant KB numbers since your last update.

Can you use the old Windows update downloader?

No, the older version of Windows updates downloader is not for Windows 10. The way to get the updates files now that you have identified them, is shown in step 6.

Step 6: Search and Find the Updates Files

Click on the following link to open the Microsoft Update Catalog. This is essentially the Microsoft Windows updates downloader for Windows Updates, drivers etc.

Use the search bar top right to enter each of your KB numbers.

download windows 10 updates manually Microsoft catalog

Enter your KB numbers to search.

Look down the results to find the matching Product (Windows 10) and System Type (e.g. x64 based systems) cumulative or Delta update.

Click ‘Download’ (as per screenshot below) to prepare to manually download Windows 10 updates.

manually download windows 10 updates list

Look for the Updates file that matches your system details, and click to download to, well, manually download windows 10 updates!

Step 7: Manually Download Windows 10 Updates

Then in the pop-up window, select the .msu file, and repeat the search and download one at a time for each individual file or cumulative files, to manually download Windows 10 updates.

Note: Before you do the next step, make sure you have all your work saved and any other Apps closed (and also add this article to your favorites first!). This is because the installation process will restart the computer.

manually download windows 10 updates msu

Manually download Windows 10 updates.

Step 8: Manually Install the Update

Find the Microsoft Update ‘.msu’ file in your downloads directory, and double click it to commence to manually install Windows 10 updates.

As I wrote above, make sure your device is prepared for restart (work saved, applications closed, etc.).

Okay, so that completes how to manually download and install windows 10 updates.

If you find any problems or have any other tips, please add them in the comments below.

Summary of How to Manually download and Install Windows 10 updates

I have shown you how to download Windows 10 updates manually including where to find the KB number and then use the Microsoft Update Catalog to download the MSU file. The old Windows update downloader is not for Windows 10 so this is how to do it for the current version. To manually install Windows 10 updates you find the downloaded patch files and double click for the update to complete.

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