Windows Update : automatic vs manual check behavior (aka "standalone" updates).

lolix3 166 Reputation points


Following a case open at Microsoft regarding "standalone" updates (KB4589208, KB4589212) that broke some VMs (W2019 and W10) , I have been informed that a Manual "Check for Updates" behaves differently than the automatic one :
When clicking "Check for Update", more KBs are fetched, including some so-called" standalone" updates, such as KB4589208 o rKB4589212

One should then read every single information page for every KBs to check if a particular KB is applicable or not...

I'd like to know where this behavior of Manual "Check for Update" is described, as regards "standalone" updates.

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  1. Limitless Technology 39,471 Reputation points

    Hello @lolix3 ,

    You can have a deepdive into WindowsUpdate FAQs here:

    But in my experience the main difference is: Windows will push via Automatic updates, the recommended updates for your system, programs and drivers; while manual check will show you all available updates for your system for you to check.

    Best regards,

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