Welcome to Windows Update Restored

This is a community based project aimed at restoring the old Windows Update websites for Windows 95, NT4, 98, Me, 2000 and XP. We actively update the project & website with new available updates and pages.

Ever since 2011 when Microsoft pulled the plug on nearly all the Windows Update websites, the Windows Update feature for older Windows operating systems was no longer functional. The only way to install updates after that point was through external third-party installers which didn't cover all the updates that the operating system would fully support. So, with this project, we can now update operating systems as old as Windows 95 all the way through Windows XP RTM like we used to back in the day.

The Windows Update Website provides users with security (critical) updates, optional software updates, driver updates, and other types of software for your operating system. Windows Update Restored is aimed at restoring Windows Update websites, the Automatic Updates feature and the Critical Update Notification Tool in Windows 98 to XP. Want to learn more about what is available with Windows Update Restored? Read the Frequently Asked Questions!

This website is best viewed with a resolution of 800x600 pixels and required a minimum of Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 to properly be displayed. Though, we recommend the use of Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5. To download different versions of Internet Explorer, visit the Internet Explorer Downloads page.

How Will You Update Windows?

Windows Update v2

Feeling like using the earliest available version of the Windows Update website? Then try Windows Update Restored v2!
Compatible with Windows 95, NT 4.0, 98 First Edition (All require Internet Explorer 4.0)!

Windows Update v3.1

Want to go classic and experience Windows Update like it's 1999? Then try Windows Update Restored v3.1!
Compatible with Windows 95, NT 4.0, 98 First Edition & Second Edition, Millennium Edition, and 2000 (SP2 and below)!

Windows Update v4

Want to relive the early 2000s Windows Update experience with the look and feel of Windows XP? Then try Windows Update Restored v4!
Compatible with Windows 98 First & Second Edition, Millennium Edition, 2000, XP (SP2 x86 & x64 and below), and Server 2003 (SP1 x86 & x64 and below)!

Windows Update v5

Didn't get the chance to try Windows Update v5 back in 2004? Now you can with Windows Update Restored v5!
Compatible with Windows 2000 (SP3+), XP, and Server 2003 (x86 and x64 included)!
Warning! System modifications are required for Windows Update Restored v5 to work on your system. Visit our prerequisites page for more info.

Screenshots Gallery

Screenshot of Windows Update Restored v2 running in Internet Explorer 4 on Windows 98 First Edition.    Screenshot of Windows Update Restored v3.1 running in Internet Explorer 5 on Windows 98 Second Edition.   Screenshot of Windows Update Restored v4 running in Internet Explorer 6 SP1 on Windows 98 Second Edition.   Screenshot of Windows Update Restored v5 running in Internet Explorer 6 SP1 on Windows XP Professional.

Community Links

MSFN Forum

Want to visit the forum where Windows Update Restored began? Check out our MSFN Forum!
Check out our MSFN Forum by clicking here.

Discord Server

Want to view what's new with Windows Update Restored and or get live assistance from the Windows Update Restored Team? Join our Discord Server!
Join our Discord server by clicking here.


This site is not affiliated with or endorsed by Microsoft Corporation. This software is provided "as is", without warranty of any kind. We don't believe anything should go wrong, but please ensure you have backups of any important data anyway. The Windows Update websites offered here are unofficial. This project is for archival purposes only. Read legal information to learn more.

The use of Windows Update Restored doesn't mean that you should keep using older unsupported versions of Windows. Getting security updates for those old operating systems may not protect you in today's online world and against modern viruses. There are plenty of security holes in these operating systems and there's a reason why Microsoft took down the Windows Update websites for them. You should use a modern supported operating system like Windows 10, Windows 11, or even a Linux distro. For further information, read the Frequently Asked Questions.

The Windows Update Restored Team

@WULover, @TecAdam, @WinFX, @ByQuadCore (pause), @maile3241, @EZUser, @dtm22, @milleniumtech_it, @Lewis the dog, @gmkid, @ward201185 (inactive), @WInUpdateFanv3, @Dusan Vicic, @Ryujin, @theonegoofali

Other credits: Daniel Mysilvets (Windows Update Restored logo designer - v3.1 style), Signé JARB (Provided us with some Windows Service Packs)

All of this wouldn't be possible without The Wayback Machine, which preserved those old files, websites, and information that would otherwise be lost forever.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed towards this amazing project on MSFN, Discord, and more! Thank you for all the time spent getting each and every bit of this to work!

Windows Update Restored News!

     The Newly Designed Windows Update Restored Website Is Here!

After quite some time, all the pages on the Windows Update Restored website have now been updated, new pages have been added along with some new downloads! You can now find all the downloads you need to get Windows Update Restored to work on your system from our Download Center, all the help & support you need from our Help & Support Center, and all the instructions you will need to get started with using our restored Windows Update websites! We also have new Windows Update Restored v5 Troubleshooting Tools to get Windows Update Restored v5 working on your designated Windows version. To learn more about the Windows Update Restored v5 Troubleshooting Tools, click here.

      Windows Update Restored v5 no longer requires the use of a proxy!

Ever since the launch of Windows Update Restored v5. Users have had plenty of problems when trying to get certain things working on Windows Update Restored v5 on their designated Windows systems. But those problems are one more step closer to being gone with the requirement of needing a proxy to use Windows Update Restored v5 is now gone! Thanks to WinFX, you no longer need a proxy to use Windows Update Restored v5. Instead, you can connect to v5.windowsupdaterestored.com as a WSUS server instead of Microsoft's. Lastly, Joshua Maitland has developed a Windows Update Restored v5 Checker Tool that will tell you exactly what needs to be patched on your Windows operating system so you can fix them and start using Windows Update Restored! To check out how to apply the Windows Update Restored v5 WSUS patch to you system, visit the prerequisites page by clicking here. To learn more about the new WURv5 Checker Tool, click here.

       New! Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack 2 available in multi-language!

We have added Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 to the Internet Explorer Downloads page. Get it now!