The update is not applicable to your computer?

Are you getting a “The update is not applicable” error when you attempt to install an update on Windows 10? If so, there are a variety of potential factors and fixes. It could be that you have an incompatible desktop or laptop, that the update is superseded, that an update prerequisite is missing or something else. This is how you can fix Windows updates that aren’t applicable.

Actually, "the update is not applicable to your computer" issue is quite common if you install Windows 7 KB2999226, KB3033929, KB4012212, etc. or a certain KB update of Windows 10. In addition to Windows systems, some users say they also encounter inapplicable update error in Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2016, etc.

What can cause the error? In general, it can be caused by unmatched update package, update already installed, Windows Updater problem, the recent update not installed, corrupted system files, etc.

Fixes for the Update Is Not Applicable to Your Computer Windows 7/8/10 Way 1: Check If the Update Package Matches Your Windows Version and Processor Architecture

Perhaps the update you are trying to install is not compatible with your system and your processor architecture.

Thus, the first thing you need to do it to make sure the update matches your system specs.

You can go to Microsoft Update Catalog and then search for the name of the update you are installing in the search box on this website. If it is compatible with your Windows, then you also need to ensure you have a compatible processor architecture to install that version of the update.

Step 1: In Windows 10/8/7, right-click on This PC or Computer, and choose Properties option.

Step 2: In the System interface, you can see the architecture of your Windows and your processor next to System type.


If it is 64-bit Operating System and x64-based processor, you cannot install x86-based Windows and vice versa.

Way 2: Check the Update History

If the update is compatible with your processor but Windows Update Standalone Installer error with inapplicable update appears, maybe the update you are trying to install has already been installed to your computer. And the only way you can do is to check the update history.

In Windows 7, click the Start button to click Control Panel. Then, go to Windows Update > View upgrade history. In Windows 10, go to Settings > System & security > Windows update > Update history.

Here, you need to match the code of each update with the update that you try to install and see if it is already installed on your PC. 

Way 3: Check If a Prerequisite Update Is Missing

There is another thing you should do. That is to check if a required prerequisite update is missing. According to Microsoft, some updates need a prerequisite update before they can be applied to a system. Or else, Windows Update Standalone Installer not applicable will appear.

For instance, if the error message happens on Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2, you have to install the April 2014 update KB 2919355 as a prerequisite and one or more pre-requisite servicing updates (KB 2919442 and KB 3173424). 

To check whether you have installed these prerequisite updates, you can run the following PowerShell command:  get-hotfix KB3173424,KB2919355,KB2919442

If these updates have been installed, the command will return the installed date in the InstalledOnsection of the output. This way is given by Microsoft.

Way 4: Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

You know, Windows has a variety of troubleshooters. And if there is a problem related to Windows Updater, it may cause the update to not install. To fix this issue, you can run Windows Update Troubleshooter to troubleshooting.

Step 1: Take Windows 10 as an example. Type Troubleshoot in the search box and click the program in the search box to run it. Or go to Settings > System & security > Troubleshoot.

Step 2: Go to Get up and running section to find Windows Update, click it to choose Run the troubleshooter option to start the process.

Step 3: Then the process will begin. This may take a while to diagnose the problem with Windows Update, just wait patiently until it completes. If some errors are found, click Apply repairs automatically to fix them.

Way 5: Install the Recent KB Update

If you haven't installed the most recent KB update, you can consider installing that first to fix the error the update is not applicable to your computer in Windows 10/8/7.

Move 1: Back up Files before Windows Update

To back up files or folders well, you can use MiniTool ShadowMaker, a piece of professional PC backup software. It allows you to create a backup image for your important files. Additionally, it can also sync files or folders to one or more locations. Now, get the Trial Edition from the following button to have a 30-day free trial.

Step 1: Run MiniTool ShadowMaker to choose Keep Trial and select your local computer to start file backup.


Step 2: Click Backup feature in the toolbar, go to Source > Folders and Files to choose what you want to back up.


Next, go to Destination to choose a partition on your USB drive, external hard drive or internal hard drive to save the backup file.


Step 3: Finally, start to execute the file backup by hitting Back up Now button.

In addition, you can also take full advantage of its Sync feature to sync your files for backup. This way allows you to directly view the synchronized files in the destination folder.

Aprt from the methods mentioned in this post, there are many other ways that you can try when you encountered the error. 

They are:

Run DISM and SFC Tools via CMD

Change your system locale to English

Perform a System Restore

Perform an In-place Upgrade

In order to protect your PC and perform a quick disaster recovery, you should take action to create a system image backup with the professional and reliable backup software for Windows 10/8/7.

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