Q&A Is the Windows 10 app Microsoft Update Health Tools legitimate?

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The Microsoft Update Health Tools application may be listed as an installed application on devices running Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system.

You may see it listed in the Settings application under Apps & Features, and also in the classic Programs and Features listing of the Control Panel.

The application is not listed in the Start Menu or linked on the desktop or taskbar. Some administrators and users may wonder about the purpose of the Microsoft Update Health Tools application, especially since it is not installed manually by users of the system.

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Is Microsoft Update Health Tools a legitimate application?
The short answer: yes, the program is legitimate. It has been created by Microsoft.

How does it end up on Windows 10 devices?
The application is pushed to Windows 10 devices via system updates, on most systems via Windows Updates, but it can also be installed manually via the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

The update in question has the ID KB4023057. Its support page refers to it as "Update for Windows 10 Update Service components", and labels it as an update for all major versions of the Windows 10 operating system.

Reports about the application go back to mid-2020 when users started to post questions about the functionality of the Microsoft Update Health Tools application on various forums and sites, including Microsoft's own Community and Docs sites.

Microsoft provides the following information about the update:
This update includes files and resources that address issues that affect the update processes in Windows 10 that may prevent important Windows updates from being installed. These improvements help make sure that updates are installed seamlessly on your device, and they help improve the reliability and security of devices that are running Windows 10.
In other words: the update, and the Microsoft Update Health Tools application it installs, is designed to resolve updating issues on Windows 10 devices.

Microsoft lists a handful of issues that may be resolved with the help of the update:
  • Network settings may be reset.
  • Registry keys may be cleaned up that "may be preventing updates from being installed successfully".
  • Repair disabled or corrupted components of the Windows 10 operating system.
  • Free up disk space to ensure that there is enough space for the update to be downloaded and installed successfully.
  • Reset the Windows Update database to repair problems.

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