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How to Install Specific Windows 10 Updates the Easy Way

If you’re looking for better management of Windows 10 Updates, WuMgr is a free utility that allows you to install individual updates and a lot more.

Microsoft releases updates for Windows 10 on a more regular basis than previous versions. In addition to the twice-yearly feature updates and its regular Patch Tuesday, because Microsoft is treating Windows as a Service it can roll out patches at any time. In one sense this is great because Microsoft can roll out important security patches to millions of computers on the fly. But on the other hand, unproven updates can cause havoc and break certain apps or cause system instability.

In fact, at the time of this writing, the company had pulled its Windows 10 October 2018 Update due to a file deletion bug. It didn’t re-release a fixed version until six weeks later. Because of these types of issues, you might want to have more control over which updates you install. Sure, you can manually install updates directly from Windows Update Catalog, but that’s a lot of work. Instead, I want to tell you about a free utility that can make the job easier. It’s free and Open Source from developer David Xanatos and is intended to return control of updates back to you the user.

Install Specific Windows 10 Updates and More with WuMgr

First, download the free utility WuMgr from GitHub. Once you run WuMgr, you can check for new updates, hidden updates, installed updates, and update history. If there are new updates found, you can choose to install them, or just download and install later. You can also choose an individual update and uninstall if you need to. This can come in handy for problematic updates. You can also use the app to hide updates and get a direct link to updates to download them directly from Microsoft’s catalog.

This app also has some other helpful features like allowing you to block automatic Windows Updates. We’ve shown you how to delay Windows 10 Updates before, but this app makes it a simple affair (a reboot is required). It even allows you to disable Store updates for apps, exclude drivers, and hide the Windows Update page in Settings.

Overall, this is a helpful tool that gives you a lot more options for Windows Update than the system provides natively. If you are looking for more control over Windows 10 Updates, this is a great utility to try out.


2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Ziggy  

    This is very similar to Windows Update MiniTools, which I’ve used for some time. But, it too, can get caught out when trying to avoid major version updates to Windows 10. I’ll see how I go with this one. Thanks Brian!

  2. jamies  

    First thought – find a user guide – do you have a link to one?

    Second – Will it allow Defender to get and install definition and other updates to it’s functioning – at system startup? and on user request
    While restricting all other updates.

    Third – If windows update and/or Microsoft update can be selected, and windows update panel in settings can be disabled – if NOT disabled, then can the updates be run through that panel – as in, having installed WuMgr is the windows update panel in settings effectively disabled?

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