Windows 10 is well known for regressive changes to Windows Update. The operating system does not allow the user to choose how and when to install updates. The classic UI was moved to the Settings app. There, the user can't even see the size of updates nor can he select them. If you are curious to see the size of downloaded updates, here is a workaround.
You might have heard about Windows Update MiniTool. It is a third party app designed to improve the update experience in Windows 10. It is a portable freeware third-party Windows Update client which uses Microsoft's official Windows Update servers and the Windows Update API but has its own user interface. It can bring back many features of the classic user interface.
Using Windows Update MiniTool, the user can perform the following operations:
- Only check for updates but not download or install them.
- Download selected updates but not install them.
- Download and install selected updates.
- Uninstall selected updates.
- Hide (block) selected updates.
- Copy the information to the clipboard.
Windows Update MiniTool brings back the missing options which Microsoft has removed in Windows 10. This tool is useful for everyone who wants to retain control over updates.
Like the classic Windows Update UI, WU MiniTool also brings back the ability to see the size of updates. It shows the size of every update available for your PC including driver updates and the huge cumulative update that Windows 10 automatically downloads each month. See the following screenshot:
If you are interested in Windows Update MiniTool, point your browser to its Google Drive download link here:
It contains the latest version. Its author posts in a Russian forum whose original thread is here and in this thread of MDL Forum. There you can learn more details about this excellent app and read its FAQ.
Note that Windows Update MiniTool only fixes the user interface problems of Windows Update in Windows 10. It does not change the fact that Microsoft has switched to cumulative updates for Windows 10 which are extremely large, take a ridiculous amount of time to download and install, and often contain untested regressions because of feature changes in addition to security patches.