how to preview an update prior to installing?

I would prefer to know what a new update contains before allowing it to be installed to prevent unneeded or unwanted additions to my Pc, if possible.

How can I view the new update that is showing as ready on Updates/Security Settings page before it is downloaded and installed by Windows/Microsoft? 

Hi Klaro. I'm Greg, awarded MVP for eleven years, Volunteer Moderator, and Independent Advisor here to help you until this is resolved.

You can take note of the name and number in Update Settings under Check for Updates, then choose Advanced Settings to Pause Updates while you look it up in the Microsoft Update Catalog to read it's information page, even download and install it manually:

Make sure to set a System Restore Point first so you can easily go back before it was installed, since some Updates don't allow Uninstall. System Restore is your first line of defense if Windows ever malfunctions as it can run even from recovery media to get you back before a problem started. It should always be turned on C drive with plenty of disk space (5-15%) configured. Here's how to check and when necessary how to run System Restore:

Windows Update should set a System Restore point if it installs Updates, as long as System Restore is turned on.

I hope this helps. Based on what you report back I can answer any questions and may have other steps to perform.

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Last updated March 1, 2021 Views 8 Applies to: