When going through the Apps list in Windows, if you see Microsoft Update Health Tools and wonder what it is, then this post will clarify it. But before that, know that this has nothing to do with Microsoft Health Services, which was retired a few years ago.
Microsoft Update Health Tools
Microsoft Update Health Tools is a set of tools rolled out the last month through Windows Update to address issues that affect the update processes in Windows 10. According to KB4023057, the update includes reliability improvements to Windows Update Service components in consumer Windows 10 versions.
It also includes files and resources that address issues that affect the update processes in Windows 10, that may prevent important Windows Updates from being installed.
So yes, Microsoft Update Health Tools is a legit program in Windows 10. It has been released for Windows 10 versions 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903, 1909, 2004, and 20H2 so that they can update the computers to the newer ones.
What does Microsoft Update Health Tools do?
It makes a few changes or carries out tasks that may be required for a smooth Windows Update experience. It may:
- Request your device to stay awake longer to enable the installation of updates.
- Reset network settings.
- Repair disabled or corrupted Windows operating system components.
- Compress files in your user profile directory to help free up enough disk space.
- Reset the Windows Update database to repair the problems. This will clear your Windows Update history.
Can I uninstall Microsoft Update Health Tools?
Yes, you can uninstall it, and there will be no harm. If Windows needs it, it will ask you directly install it from the Update Catalog website. The update is only for the consumer builds.
Microsoft Update Health Tools is not a threat and a useful tool for computers that are not able to upgrade to the next version because of issues we mentioned above. It is best you let it remain as it is.