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.