The Completely ‘Useless’ Guide to Manually Installing Cumulative Updates for Window 10

If you’re still wondering about what the H is wrong with your Windows 10, then the chances are that it’s been a while since your last update.

Sure, there’s nothing wrong that, apart from the ‘heavenly’ host of trojans and ransomware banging at your door, just waiting to sink their filed teeth into your private info.

So, if your Window 10’s auto-update feature does not work or if you’ve gone into full “tinfoil hat” mode, here’s how you can manually download and install the cumulative updates.

Ready or not, here comes the Windows update!

Now, before doing anything you might want to check your machine’s Windows build. To do that, fire up the start menu and type in “Settings.” In the menu that appears on the screen, click or tap the “System” tab and then on the “About” button.

There’s another way to figure out your Windows’ version: hit the “Windows” button on your keyboard and type in “System Information.” In the right panel, look under “Version.” It should read something like this: “Version 10.0.17134 Build 1734”.

That’s step one; up next, you would want to hop on Microsoft’s official website and look for the Update Catalog. Well, you can either spend the next couple of minutes searching for it, or you can follow this link (don’t worry, it won’t bite nor infect your machine with malware).

Now comes the hard part – figuring out which installation pack to download. If you’re not sure, just type in “KB” in the upper-right corner of the screen to list all the available updates.

There are a lot of them, that’s for sure, but you can quickly filter them by hitting the little blue arrow under “classification.” I would advise you to download the latest Windows build (that would be KB4509477).

So, when you’re done choosing your cumulative update, just press or tap on the “download” button. You will be redirected to a new page that contains the download link for your cumulative update.

Be sure to double-check the extension before downloading the package to ensure that it’s not a spoof (the link should end in. msu).

When ready, click or tap on the link and wait for your browser to finish downloading the Microsoft installation package. If it’s a cumulative update, it’s going to take a while. When it’s done, click on the download tab and let it rip.

From here on, it’s a smooth ride; just follow the on-screen instructions, and everything will be hunky-dory.

After the installation’s finished, restart your machine. Again, it may take a while for Windows to finish installing all the updates. In the meantime, you can whip out your smartphone and check out our blog’s top-notch content.

Wrap-up

Well, that’s how you manually install a cumulative Windows update. By the way, you can do this any time you want. Sure, it would be easier to switch on the auto-update feature, but as I like to say: the user must always be in control.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the article. As always, if you have any questions or rants, head to the comments section and speak your mind.

About Daniel Sadler

Old-school PC gamer, poetry buff, cat lover, tech wiz. His writing career began almost two decades ago when he modestly acknowledged that hindsight or, lack thereof, can compromise security. He enjoys spending quality time with his friends and family. Most of his friends refer to Daniel as a "man of a few words, but, man, what words!" His interests include cybersecurity, IT, blogging, and, of course, everything related to technology.

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