Download Windows Updates manually in Windows 8 / 7

Most of us use Windows Update or Microsoft Update to keep our Windows operating system and Microsoft software updated. But if you want to, for some, reason, download the updates manually and save it to your computer, this is how you can go about it:

Download Windows Updates manually

Open your Control Panel and navigate to the Windows Update applet. If updates are available, click on the Important updates are available, or the Optional updates are available link. You will be able to see the list along with the KB numbers.

If no updates are available, click on Review your update history link. Here you will see the complete list of Windows Updates including Security Updates and Service Packs, if any, which have been installed on your computer.

Download Windows Updates manually
Note down the KB number mentioned in the bracket and search for it here on If you find no suitable results for Downloads, select All Microsoft. In the results, you will see the Knowledge Base article about the update or hotfix and also the Download page.

Download Windows Update manually in Windows

If you open its KB article page, you will see the download links for all operating system. Select your operating system and click on the link to be taken to its download page.


Click on the download button to download and save the Windows Update to your computer.


This way, you will be able to install the update manually on any one or more of your computers, as long as it applies to the installed operating system or software.

Downloading, saving and installing Windows Update manually may be done if you need to save the updates for some reason or if you find that you are unable to update you Windows using Windows Update.

Microsoft Update Catalog is a service from Microsoft that provides a listing of software updates that can be distributed over a corporate network. Using the Microsoft Update Catalog can prove to be a one-stop location for finding Microsoft software updates, drivers, and hotfixes.

WSUS Offline Update is a free tool using which, you can update Microsoft Windows or Microsoft Office easily without having an Internet connection.

See how to update Windows 10 offline.

Also see:

  1. How to update Windows Store Apps offline without Internet connection in Windows 8.1
  2. How to Update Windows Defender manually in Windows 8.
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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.
  • Begizorrotz

    There is a simpler option: WSUS Offline Update. With this application, currently in version 8.8, and distributed under the GNU/GPL license, you can download automatically from Windows Update patches and upgrades needed to update Windows and Office of machine in which to run, and save them for installation or future use. It can be downloaded from

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  • Vinit Pratap

    thanks but can you recommend something for windows 10 preview updates as i can’t find them on ms website by searching KB article.

  • Anand Khanse

    I don’t think you will get any ‘Preview’ updates in any KB article.

  • Vinit Pratap

    Yah right, that’s why they force automatic updates on preview builds.

  • Christos Kalapothakos

    There is program where to download updates manually? i have windows xp professional sp3

  • cjkpopasia

    You can use WSUS Offline Update to make script with list of updates or you can go to Windows Update Catalog to download updates manually, which was shared in this article. Otherwise use Nero Info Tool which scans your Windows and allows to save list of currently saved updates into a easy to read text file.

  • Rj Navendu Kumar

    anandji sir helllo sir pl help me I want to download cumulative patches for windows 10 manually sir how I can get link direct pl help u are qualified person sir pl help me with my problem

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