If automatic updates failed on your system, this how-to guide will show you the steps to manually download and install Windows Updates in Windows 10.

We all know that Windows Updates are essential to keep smoothly running our Windows machine. But sometime Windows Updates may fail to either download or install on your system. In such cases, users look for the way to download and install updates manually. This article is dedicated to all those users and will share the steps to manually download and install updates in Windows 10.

Well, manual installation of updates goes via Microsoft Update Catalog site. This site offers offline update files/packages in .msu format. You just need to download those update package and let them install via Windows Update Standalone Installer. This alternatively gives you the way for installing specific updates of your choice. However, you can also install specific updates using Windows PowerShell.

Step-by-step instruction to manually download and install updates are mentioned below.

How To Manually Download And Install Windows Updates In Windows 10/8/7

1. Follow this guide to view update history. It’ll show you failed updates as well. Copy the name of those updates which are failed and you want to install them manually.

How To Manually Download And Install Windows Updates In Windows 10

2. Open your favorite browser and click this link to open Microsoft Update Catalog site. In the search box, paste the name of update you want to download and install manually and click Search.

How To Manually Download And Install Windows Updates In Windows 10

3. Then from search results, click on Download button.

How To Manually Download And Install Windows Updates In Windows 10

4. Now in Download Updates section, click on update’s .msu file. Now opt for downloading the update in browser prompt.

How To Manually Download And Install Windows Updates In Windows 10

5. Once the update is downloaded, click on Open or simply double click downloaded .msu update file.

How To Manually Download And Install Windows Updates In Windows 10

6. Moving on, in Windows Update Standalone Installer prompt, select Yes to install updates.

How To Manually Download And Install Windows Updates In Windows 10

7. Then wait till updates installed and you’re prompted for reboot. Click Restart Now button.

How To Manually Download And Install Windows Updates In Windows 10

8. After restarting your system and completely installing the update, you’ll be able to locate manually installed update in your system’s update history.

How To Manually Download And Install Windows Updates In Windows 10

So this is how you can download and install Windows Updates manually.

Check out this video for illustration:

Hope you find the guide useful!

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14 Comments

  • Hi Kapil,
    The above given solution is not worked for this update
    2018-10 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1709 for x64-based Systems (KB4462918)

    I followed above solution again it failed. The problem with this update is downloading update after 100% completion undoing changes taking more than 25 minutes. After unable to update going to Error but the biggest problem is it is keep on downloading and failing. It’s really irritating after disable service still it is triggering.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ I suggest you to first upgrade to V1809, the latest version. If you want to stay on V1709, refer this link: https://www.kapilarya.com/fix-windows-10-keeps-installing-same-update

  • Thanks so much.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad it helped 😎

  • I tried your way,,and it said that some updates were not installed,,,,,mine is 2018-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1803 for x86-based Systems (KB4483234)

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Please run Windows Update troubleshooter from Settings app > Update & security > Troubleshoot. Let me know what it reports back.

  • Hello Kapil, I’m also trying to update to version 1809 but not able to thru Settings> Windows Update. I have also followed the steps in your above mentioned guide and I’m not sure if I downloaded the correct files. I received a notification that read “Window Update Standalone Installer – The update is not applicable to your computer.
    The files I downloaded and ran:
    – 2018-11 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1809 for x64-based Systems (KB4469342)
    – 2018-10 Update for Windows 10 Version 1809 for x64-based Systems (KB4465065)
    Also ran the Troubleshooter and the issue found were shown to be fixed.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Forgot Windows Update and perform upgrade via V1809 ISO file: https://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-upgrade-to-windows-10-using-iso-file. I am sure it will work just fine 😊

  • THANK YOU! This worked like a charm. I have been wrestling with this update for a while now and this fixed/installed it.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Happy to help Jerry 😊

  • What if it didn’t work? I’ve been trying thousands of things to get my audio and microphone to work on my PC and this update fails everytime.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Which update you’re installing?

  • None of it worked. I didnt try the iso cause thats just silly. (KB4511553) will not install.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ What error you exactly get while installing KB4511553? Have you tried installing KB4512534 manually? The ISO method will directly take you to V1903, if you try.

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