How to Manually Download Updates for Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to manually download updates for Windows 11 when Windows Updates is not working. By default, Windows automatically downloads the latest updates and schedule an install. However, in some cases, Windows Updates will fail to download new updates if something is wrong or policy configurations preventing automatic updates.

If your computer is not automatically downloading the latest updates, Microsoft allows users to download standalone update packages from the Microsoft Catalog website easily and anytime they’re available.

While your computer automatic updates isn’t working, you can temporarily begin downloading and installing updates yourself until Windows Updates issues are resolved and working again.

Downloading Windows updates online is pretty straightforward and easy. You typically will need a KB (Knowledge Base) number of the Windows update you wish to download and install. Almost all Windows updates come with a KB number. Use that KB number to download the specific updates for your computer, and the steps below will show you how to do that.

To get started with manually downloading Windows updates for Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to manually download updates for Windows 11 PCs

As mentioned above, if Windows Updates isn’t automatically downloading updates from Microsoft, you can manually download the updates and install them yourself. This should be a temporary solution, since allowing Windows Updates to handle automatic update is the recommended method.

To manually download a particular update, get the package KB number and head over to the link below.

Microsoft Update Catalog

There, use the search box and type in the KB number, then click the search button. The page will return the specific package matching the KB number.

For example, here’s the latest KB number (KB5006674) for Windows Oct. 12 updates.

Search, on the search result page, look at the update Title, Products to make sure it is the correct update package for your machine. Then click the Download button.

On the pop windows, click on the link to begin downloading the package.

Once the file is downloaded, go to your Downloads folder and double-click it to initiate the install. When you run the installer, The Windows Update Standalone Installer will prepare the system for installation which might take some time.

After some time, the update installer should begin installing the update for your computer if it is applicable to your machine.

Wait for the update to complete and reboot your machine. Your computer will not fully be updated with the package.


This post showed you how to manually download and install Windows update for Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.