If you’re planning to install Internet Explorer for the sole purpose of downloading updates from Microsoft‘s Update Catalog, there’s an alternative. You can access the Update Catalog on any browser using the site’s RSS feed.
In other words, the RSS feed URL has a stable structure, and the only element that changes is the cumulative update code.
All you have to do is add the code of the cumulative update at the end of the RSS feed URL, copy the string in your browser‘s address bar and you’ll access the download link.
How do I access the Update Catalog on any browser?
How to access the Update Catalog for Windows 7 on any browser
- The standard RSS feed URL is http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Rss.aspx?q=KB
- Replace KB with the actual KB code you’re looking for
- This loads the RSS feed for that KB article
- In the list of options, search the download link you need
- Copy the download link in your browser‘s address bar > the interface of the Update Catalog is now visible
- Click on Download now and install the KB on your machine.
How to access the Update Catalog for Windows 10 on any browser
- Use the standard pattern http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Rss.aspx?q= and add windows+10 as a search term at the end of the string
- Example: http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Rss.aspx?q=windows+10
- All the Windows 10 cumulative updates are listed
- Copy the link of the update you want to download
- Paste it in your browser‘s address bar and you’ll access Microsoft‘s Update Catalog for Windows 10.
Download Windows updates faster with UR Browser
If you need to download a small installation file, it doesn’t really matter what browser you use. But, when it comes to large files, looking at that download meter slowly moving might be bothersome. Not with UR Browser.
With the layered, parallel downloading technology, UR Browser brings amazing speeds. You’ll definitely see the difference when some large media files are at stake and, instead of hours, you’ll reduce the waiting up to 4 times.
UR browser is 4 times faster than your usual browser when it comes to downloading files.
It creates chunks of data, fragments if you like it, to make the downloading large files (like certain Windows updates from the Update Catalog), the most nimble experience. Give it a shot and see for yourself.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2017 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.