When a new Windows 10 update isn’t showing up, use this guide to download and install cumulative updates manually.
Microsoft makes available updates for Windows 10 in the regular basis to patch any security hole and to improve the functionality of the operating system. However, even now that updates are mandatory to keep devices always up to date, sometimes updates may not appear for download on your computer for a long time.
Although Windows Update is the preferred method to get updates, Microsoft also allows users to manually download new patches as they become available through the “Microsoft Update Catalog” website. While mainly a resource for IT administrators who need to test updates before pushing them to devices in their network, you can use the Update Catalog to quickly download a new update if it’s not showing for you in Windows Update as an alternative option.
In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to find, download, and install updates manually on your device.
How to download cumulative updates
It’s important to note that the Microsoft Update Catalog doesn’t list anything, instead it’s a search page, where you must know exactly the update you want to download.
The easiest way to find an update is knowing its Knowledge Base reference number. For example, on October 11th, Microsoft released Windows 10 build 14393.321, which Knowledge Base reference was KB3194798. You can find the references when we publish a new article about a new update, or when you visit the Windows 10 Update History website. Then do the following:
- Visit the Microsoft Update Catalog website.
Quick Tip: If you can’t access the site using Microsoft Edge, you can also try opening a new InPrivate window, which should let you get through.
- Do a search for the update using the KB number for the update you want. For example, KB3194798.