Most home devices running a version of the Windows operating system from Microsoft are upgraded with Windows Update. Windows Update is a convenient solution for installing operating system patches with minimal effort. The disadvantage of using Windows Update is that administrators no longer have full control over installing updates. Select when and which updates should be installed.
Some administrators prefer third-party solutions, such as Windows Update Minitool or Sledgehammer, to install updates, others to manually download and install updates for complete control.
The manual option gives administrators full control of the update; A disadvantage of choosing the manual route is that update releases need to be monitored ̵
There is definitely more work to manually download and install Windows updates, but the profits are worth it for some administrators.
Manually installing updates Pros and cons
Pros and cons:
- Full control of updates
- Option to delay installation of updates
- Option to install security updates on systems prior to Windows 10
- Update information must be obtained.
- Research and update require more time.
Installing Windows Updates Manually
Most updates released by Microsoft are posted to the Microsoft Update Catalog Web site. Think of the site as a searchable directory of updates released by Microsoft. There you will find all cumulative updates for Windows as well as many other patches for Windows and other Microsoft products.
The search should begin with a KB (Knowledgebase ID). Support articles published by Microsoft, blog posts on sites such as Ghacks, or third-party tools that are being searched for updates.
Simply paste the KB ID into the search box and press Enter to execute a search; You often get multiple results because it typically offers updates for multiple architectures.
For example: The KB4505903 search returns four elements for ARM64, x64, x64 for Windows Server and x86 architectures.
Tip : If you need to retrieve information about the PC to determine which update applies to it, run system information from the Start menu.
Click the download button next to the update you want to download to your system. One of the benefits of using the Microsoft Update Catalog is that you can download updates for other devices, and not just download "fitting" updates. Windows Update blocks any updates that are not designed for the computer's hardware.
The Microsoft Update Catalog Web site opens a pop-up listing all the files for this particular update. You may receive several files or just one file there.
Use the browser to download all files, such as: Right-click Files and select the Save As option. Updates are usually provided as MSU files.
All you have to do is double-click on the downloaded MSU file to install the update. Most updates require a reboot.
One issue that can occur when manually installing updates is that updates can have dependencies that you must install before installing the update.
You can look up information by clicking any of the following items listed on the Microsoft Update Catalog Web site; This will open another popup with detailed patch information.
It lists the support URL and package details. The package details show updates that will be replaced by the new update and updates that replaced the downloaded update.
By manually downloading and installing updates, administrators can control the update process at the expense of time spent researching.
Now You: Update manually or automatically?