Updating Drivers for WU Catalog manually

Starting with Windows 10 Cumulative Update 1904, my notebook started a quite alarming series of BSOD.

One of the many activities to solve the problem was to update vital drivers to the latest working version.

One good source is ‘Windows Update Catalog’ site. From here you can download any content distributed by Windows Update itself. One of these contents are latest registered device drivers.

In this occasion, I discovered that not always WU delivers the latest driver around. I suppose that the idea is that if it is running fine, you don’t need to update anything.

Locate the device and download drivers

The first step is to open the device manager and locate the device to focus on.

Then go to the site, and try to filter out the needed driver package.

A good hint is add the OS on your search string (for example “Windows 10 1809”)

Then sort the results by published date, and try to get the latest one with the description most similar to the item into your device manager. US English OS have some advantages here.

Download it.

Install the Drivers package.

Most of these packages are contained into .CAB files.

These files should be unzipped to be installed manually. A good choice is using 7-Zip.

Before installing anything, a new restore point is always an excellent idea.

Now you have 2 ways to install them.

The safer approach is to issue a driver update from Device Manager, by:

  • right clicking the specific device item,
  • selecting ‘Update
  • selecting the update by a specific folder path

The program will warn you in case the driver seems incompatible with the selected device.
Ignore this warning only if you are 100% sure about you are going to do, is another excellent idea.

The second way, is to install .INF files manually by:

  • right clicking them,
  • selecting ‘Install

I advice this way, only if the previous one is not available (for any reason).

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