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How to identify direct URL for Windows Update driver in Windows 10

With so many Windows Updates happening in the background you never really know which webpage URL is a source of your PC’s last driver update. Knowing direct URL’s can be particularly useful if you want to have a manual control on driver updates or after a reboot of your PC.

Identify direct URL for Windows Update driver

Here is a method through which you can identify direct URL for a Windows Update driver in Windows 10/8/7. This method involves following steps as follows:

  1. Stopping Windows update service
  2. Cleaning up the local Windows Update cache
  3. Removing driver for a particular device
  4. Restarting Windows update service
  5. Installing latest available driver
  6. Inspecting logs to identify direct URL

Step 1: Stopping Windows Update service

Using admin command prompt, execute command “ net stop wuauserv”. This will stop the Windows Update service.

Step 2: Cleaning up the local Windows Update cache

To clean up local Windows Update cache, use admin cmd, and execute the following commands, one after the other:

Step 3: Removing driver from a particular device

This step involves uninstalling particular device driver. Follow these steps,

Step 4: Restarting Windows update service

With the driver successfully uninstalled, now restart Windows update service using admin cmd-prompt. Execute “net start wuauserv”.

Step 5: Installing the latest available driver

Follow these steps to install latest available drivers for a device whose drivers which were uninstalled in Step 3.

Step 6: Inspecting logs to identify direct URL

To identify direct URL for a Windows Update driver you have to browse through logs in Windows directory. Follow these steps:

This is the direct download to your device driver

Source: MSDN blogs.