How to Manually download and install Windows 10 Updates

Have you ever thought of downloading the Windows 10 updates manually and later installing them on your PC? Well, you can easily do this no matter which error you are receiving on your computer. The Update Catalog is an official site by Microsoft wherein developers put all the latest cumulative updates date-wise. In this post, we will discuss the correct way to manually download and install Windows 10 updates on your computer.

Why download and install updates manually?

Though Windows Update is sufficient to download the pending updates on your PC, this may sometimes fail on an arbitrary error code. It doesn’t matter which solution you try, the error will never fade away. In all such scenarios, downloading the relevant standalone package becomes an essential process. 

Since this package exists in “.msu” file format, just double-click on this setup file and the update starts installing on your Windows 10 PC. This method becomes very important if you have intentionally disabled automatic updates of Windows 10 on your computer. 

Through this channel, you may download standalone packages of different kinds. A few examples include Security Patches, Servicing Stack Updates, Optional updates, and many others. Let’s learn how to perform this task on Windows 10 PC. 

How to manually install Windows 10 updates

If Windows 10 updates fail at download or while installing, you may get its standalone package by visiting Microsoft’s Update Catalog. Once you have the required setup file, double-click on it to upgrade your system. Here’s how to manually download and install the pending updates on your PC – 

  • First of all, you need to know the latest KB number corresponding to a failed cumulative update. 
  • To get this info, visit the Windows 10 Update History page.
  • On the left pane, click the top link under the “In this Release section. See the Snapshot below –

install Windows 10 Updates - Windows 10 Update History

  • Head over to the right side and copy the patch number starting with “KB”.
  • Now that you have noted down the CU number, visit Microsoft Update Catalog.
  • Paste the copied number in the search bar and press Enter.

Microsoft Update Catalog Search bar

  • You may now see all the updates starting with the typed-in number.
  • Pick the one that matches your system architecture and hit the Download button.

install Windows 10 Updates - download updates

  • Hit the top link to start downloading the standalone package in the .msu file format.

install Windows 10 Updates - MSU File Format

  • When the download completes, open the folder containing this file, and double-click on the setup file.

Note: Your system may restart several times during the update process. Nothing to worry about, just wait for this process to finish. Once over, you may start using your computer. 

Soni Aryan

Soni Aryan

Soni Kumari is a tech enthusiast known for her expertise in how-to type topics and Windows troubleshooting articles. She loves exploring how to do things or tweaks in Android, iPhone, and other operating systems.