How to Download and Install Windows 10 Update Offline

April 19, 2019 Posted by to Tutorials

You might not always have an Internet connection handy when updating Windows 10. How can you do it without going online? What do you need to do to get the update files ready? This article attempts to answer those questions by showing you exactly how to update Windows 10 offline.


There are essentially two ways to apply Windows 10 updates offline. You can either get the updates from another PC on the same Local Area Network (LAN), or you can create an installation USB beforehand and then use this to update your PC offline. You can also get updates directly from the Microsoft Update Catalog. All three methods are explained below, along with a final section that describes how to apply the updates.

Get Updates from a Different PC via LAN

If you are on a local area network, you can modify your PC settings to take files from another computer on that network that has already received the updates. You don't need an Internet connection, but you need to make sure that both computers are connected to the same LAN. Once you're sure of that, follow the steps below:


In the search box in Settings, type Delivery Optimization and click on it when it's listed in the results. On this page, toggle the option Allow Downloads from Other PCs to the ON position, and make sure that the radio button is selected against PCs on My Local Network.


This is all you need to do for now. The second and third methods describe how to get the updates beforehand.


Download Windows 10 Update via Lan


How to Get Updates from the Windows Update Catalog

Microsoft makes all of its updates available in a catalog that you can directly download from. When online, go to the catalog and search for Windows 10. It will show you all previous updates for Windows 10, including feature upgrades, bug fixes, performance improvements and security updates.


Choose the one you want (most recent) and click the Download button next to it. Then, when you're offline, all you need to do is double-click that file and the updates will be installed.


Windows Catalog


How to Get Updates on a USB

The third way to get updates is to download them earlier and keep them ready for offline installation. You can do this with Microsoft's Media Creation Tool, which you can get along with the ISO file for Windows 10 from the company's website.


Note: If you visit the site on a non-Windows machine like Linux or Mac, you can directly download the ISO files without getting the Media Creation Tool. You can then use Disk Utility (Mac) or a Linux program to burn the ISO file into a bootable USB.


Step 1: Go to the Microsoft site for the Windows 10 ISO download and select the version.


Step 2: Accept the Terms of Service in the next page and choose Create Installation Media (USB Flash Drive, DVD or ISO File) for Another PC.


Windows Media Creation Tool


Step 3:The version, language and architecture will show default values. Keep them by selecting the recommended options and click Next to proceed.


Step 4: In the next step, insert a USB drive, choose the USB Flash Drive option and click Next to create the bootable media.


You'll see a progress bar, on the completion of which your bootable USB will be ready for use. Click Finish and eject the media This bootable media now contains the latest updates for Windows 10, and you can use it offline at a later time to do the installation.


How to Update Windows 10 Offline and Install Windows Update Manully

Now that you have your update files ready, you don't need an Internet connection to complete the rest of the process. Of course, some services might only start working after a connection is established, but it shouldn't affect basic security and feature updates. Depending on where you have the updates stored, the method of installing them will differ. The first way works when you've already got the downloads on your PC (from Method 1 and Method 2 above), and the second way describes how to update Windows 10 offline from the USB you created earlier (Method 3.)


Update from Settings: Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, you should be able to see the updates that were taken from another PC on your LAN. Make sure all of them are there.


At this point, you can either hit Restart Now or Schedule the Restart. If you need to work on your PC, it's better to schedule the restart for when you're done. If not, click the Restart Now button and let the PC proceed with installing the updates.


Update Windows 10 Manually


Update from Bootable USB: To install from the USB, insert it into the PC again and open it in File Explorer. Inside, you'll see an Application type file called setup. Double-click it. When the Windows 10 Setup program opens, make sure you select Keep Personal Files and Apps. This is to prevent losing data during the update process. Click Next. In the next screen, click on Install. Your updates will be installed, but all your data and apps will remain on the computer.


Update Windows 10 Manually Offline


Using a combination of the methods in the first and second sections, you can get your updates downloaded and then update Windows 10 offline when there's no Internet connection.


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