What is “Optional updates” on Windows 11?

Windows 11 will automatically download and install quality updates when they are available on the Microsoft server. Microsoft also provides optional updates that you need to help you decide if you want to install on your PC. Optional updates are different from normal updates. It is not automatically downloaded and installed on your PC. It never includes security fixes or other critical security patches. As soon as optional updates are available, it will wait for the download and installation. Optional updates can Resolving stability or other issues in Windows 11. Some of these could be optional hardware driver updates. You have a choice whether to install it or not.

This update may also offer unwanted drivers so you need to be careful before downloading and installing it on your PC. You may be offered to download a driver that you don’t really need. Microsoft has expanded the reach of the optional updates and the company has started pushing a number of drivers from Intel. If you check for updates and go to the optional updates screen, you will find a long list of old drivers that could affect the system’s performance. In other words, you really need to be careful when selecting and installing drivers from the optional update screen.

Microsoft says users should only use the feature if they have a specific problem. Otherwise, consider getting updates from your manufacturer’s website or waiting for automatic driver updates.

How do I install “Optional Updates” on Windows 11?

Step 1. Open the Settings app by pressing. to press window + I Hotkey.

You can also open that Settings app by clicking on the begin from the system tray and then select the Settings gear Symbol.

Step 2. In the Settings window, select the option Windows Update Category from the left side panel and right click on the Expanded options Tab.

Step 3. Under the Expanded options Section, click the Optional updates Possibility.

Step 4. Click the Driver updates to expand it.

Step 5. You may see several driver updates here, check them carefully, then choose which ones to download and install on your PC. Finally, click on that Download & install Button.

That’s all. Once you complete the steps above, optional updates will be downloaded to your Windows 11 PC and will be automatically applied when your computer restarts.