Many a time when you try installing an update to Windows 10, it simply says that ‘The update isn’t applicable to your computer‘. That’s strange right because it was Windows which downloaded them in the first place. In this post, first, you need to take a understand the reason behind it and then follow the suggested fix. This post is sure to resolve the issue for you.
The update isn’t applicable to your computer
This error might mean that your computer doesn’t have the required updates installed. The reasons could be many!
- The update is superseded: Sometimes, there is a newer version of Windows already available on the PC, and Windows or maybe the version you are trying to install manually, is an older version. This is why it fails.
- The update is already installed: Sometimes while the update process is in progress, the earlier payload might have already installed the same update which the next payload has.
- Wrong update for architecture: 32 Bit or 64 Bit or maybe an ARM. Updates are designed according to PC architecture, and if the update you are trying to install does not match the architecture for your CPU, you may encounter this error message.
- Missing prerequisite update: Some updates depend on other updates. If that’s the case, any missing prerequisite will make other updates fail.
Here are a few things you should try to fix the issue.
1] Verify the Package: Updates are according to versions of Windows. If one of the updates are failing to install, you need to find out if it’s applicable. The best way is to search with the Windows Update name, on the official Windows website or search for it.
2] Check if it’s for your Processor Architecture: You need to make sure the update is for your system. If you have an X86-based processor, you cannot install x64-based installations of Windows and vice-versa. This usually happens when you have manually downloaded the update and tried installing it.
3] Check if the update is old: In case you are installing an older version of the same update, it will not work. Go to Settings > Update and Security > View Update history. Here you can search for the update.
4] Check if the update is already installed: Visit the Windows Update history again, and see if the update is already installed on your PC.
5] Check for prerequisites: Some updates depend on other updates which should be installed on your PC. The best way to figure it out is by checking on Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB). To determine if the prerequisite updates are installed, run the following PowerShell command:
Here we have mentioned ‘KB1111111,KB2222222,KB3333333’ randomly – you need to replace them with the actual update KB numbers.
If the updates were already in place, the command would return the installed date in the “Installed on” section of the output.
6] Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
Run this inbuilt Windows Update Troubleshooter to fix most common Update problems on Windows 10.
7] Run Microsoft’s online troubleshooter
You can also fix Windows Update Errors using Microsoft’s online troubleshooter. It will scan your PC for issues, and fix the problems.
Related read: The update is not applicable to your computer error Installation error.