Microsoft releases Windows updates almost every week. Each update will be hundreds of megabytes. If you’re on the limited data connection, you might like to be aware of Windows update size before downloading and setting it up. However, the settings app, though lists all of the available updates, will not show the particular update size.
Utilizing a handful of tricks, you can find out the actual Windows update size. Let me show you how.
PowerShell Command to Check Windows Update Size
The simplest way to find Windows update size is to utilize a simple one-line PowerShell command. However, PowerShell has no built-in command. So, we will use a script produced by one of the Microsoft MVP (Best Professional). All we have to do download the script from the Microsoft Technet site and import the script and execute the command.
1. First, go to the Microsoft Technet page and then click the download button to download the PSWindowsUpdate script.
2. After downloading, open the zip file and you’ll begin to see the PSWindowsUpdate folder in it.
3. Open the file explorer, go into the following location within the address bar and press Enter. This action will give you towards the Modules folder. This is when you set PowerShell modules.
4. Drag and drop or copy and paste the PSWindowsUpdate folder in the Modules folder. You will notice an access denied prompt. Click the “Continue” button.
5. When click on the button, the folder is going to be copied to the Modules folder.
6. Now, we need to import the added module to PowerShell. Open the start menu, right-click on it and select the “Run as administrator” option.
7. By default, PowerShell prevents you from importing or executing the downloaded scripts. So, before you import the module, you have to alter the execution policy. So, execute the below command to change the execution policy from Limited to RemoteSigned.
For curious, Recently i published articles detailing what are PowerShell execution policies and how to change them, check it to learn more.
8. Next, type A and press Enter to confirm the execution policy change.
9. After changing the execution policy, make use of the below command to import the PSWindowsUpdate module.
10. Finally, execute the below command and PowerShell will list all the available updates for your system. The command can take a couple of seconds to come back the results. So, wait a bit. You can see how big each update under the Size section.
That is all. Once you know the size, you can close the PowerShell. If you’re adventurous, check out the state PSWindowsUpdate module download page and test out other commands. The module may also do other activities like showing update history, download, install, uninstall, etc.
Use Windows Update Minitool to locate Windows Update Size
If you do not like using PowerShell or not comfortable while using command line, use a free and portable third-party tool called Windows Update Minitool. This simple tool will instantly tell you the Windows updates size.
1. To get going, download Windows Update Minitool, open the zip file and extract the executable for your desktop.
2. After extracting, double-click on the executable. In the application, click on the “Refresh” icon.
3. Once you click the icon, the tool can place all the available updates for the system. You can see how big each update underneath the Size section.
Note: The applying may show cumulative update size in GBs. That’s inaccurate as Windows 10 only downloads the updates that are not installed on the body. Usually, the update size won’t be lots of hundred megabytes.
4. If you don’t wish to download a particular update, you can hide it. To do that, select the checkbox near the update and click on the “Hide” icon.
That is all. It’s that easy to obtain the Windows update size in Windows 10.