How to manually download Windows 10 updates

How to manually download Windows 10 updates

In a bid to keep its products working perfectly without any glitches, Microsoft, from time to time, releases updates for the Windows operating system. You can opt for automatic downloads but today we’ll be showing you how to manually download Windows 10 updates.

The Windows 10 OS is not an exception as the updates improve the functionality of the operating system as well as provide security patches so that users can make the most out of their Windows 10 PCs.

Ideally, when new updates are released, they automatically download and install on your PC, and you can enjoy them right away. But on some occasions, they may not roll out on their own, or if they do, they may fail to install correctly.

It can get you frustrated when you are unable to install Windows updates through the built-in Windows Update utility. However, there is a fix for this problem.

You can explore some alternative options to apply these updates to Windows 10 manually and fix any software issues that you might be facing.


As a rule, we do not recommend that you install updates immediately after they are available for download. Sometimes, updates still come with glitches and can bring up more problems for you. So, it is best to wait for and allow Microsoft to fix any bugs that new updates may come with.

If you want to update your Windows immediately, make sure you do it on an occasion where you don’t need to work with your computer for a couple of hours, considering a worst-case scenario where a problem may arise.

Generally, the best thing is to wait until you are sure everything is stable with the released updates.

Table of Contents

  1. How to check for Updates
  2. Microsoft Update Catalog
  3. Wrap Up

How to check for Updates

Before you even think of installing updates manually, you need to be sure that the built-in Windows Update utility has not installed the desired update automatically. In fact, sometimes, the update may have been completed successfully, and you only need to restart your computer to apply it.

Therefore, by following these steps, you will be able to check if you have any pending system updates:

  • On the Windows 10 taskbar, click on the “search” icon;
  • In the search box, using your keyboard, type “Windows Update”;
  • From the search results, click on “Check for Updates”;
  • A new window (Settings) will open where you can see all updates available (if any).

If there are updates to install, the window will look like this:

How to manually download Windows 10 updates

If all updates have been downloaded and applied already, here is a screenshot of what it will look like:

How to manually download Windows 10 updates

When the case Windows is updated already, but you want to be sure that a specific update is already part of the ones installed, click on “View Update History”:

How to manually download Windows 10 updates

You will see all the major updates, driver updates as well as security updates (Quality Updates) that have taken place. This is what it looks like:

How to manually download Windows 10 updates

When you check the recent update history, you may or may not find the specific update you are looking for. If it is not there, you will have to install it manually.

Visit the Microsoft Windows Software downloads page for that. After entering the link, click on Windows 10 and download and install the update assistant. The necessary updates will be installed afterward:

How to manually download Windows 10 updates

Microsoft Update Catalog

The Microsoft Update Catalog has all Windows updates immediately after they are released. You can download any specific patch or update you are looking for from there. However, you need to be a bit tech-savvy to be able to use this website effectively.

When you visit the Microsoft Update Catalog website, you will not immediately find all the available updates for your Windows 10. To get specific updates, you will have to search for them specifically. And you will need the Knowledge Base (KB) number of each one, so you’re able to locate it.

Wrap Up

Having issues with your Windows 10 update does not have to give you sleepless nights or anything close. All you have to do is find time to check if there are any updates and install them accordingly.

We hope we have covered all the bases in this article, and you now know how to manually download Windows 10 updates

However, you might run into some problems. If you have tried to manually download Windows 10 updates and you have followed the steps in this article, and it still remains unsuccessful, you should then contact Microsoft Support.

Get in touch with the support team here, and they will attend to your needs.

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