Additional updates

How to install drivers and optional updates on Windows 11

If you need to install driver updates or upcoming fixes on Windows 11, you can use the Optional updates settings, and here's how.

Windows 11 optional update

Windows 11 includes an option to download and install optional updates, which are those updates that are not required (but necessary) to operate a device properly. Typically, these are packages for Microsoft and third-party products, feature updates, optional monthly updates (release C and D), and device drivers (printers, cameras, network adapters, etc.).

Optional updates are not new to Windows 11. The idea of letting you decide whether to install specific updates has been available since Windows 10. Also, in the past, you were able to install or update drivers from within Device Manager. However, the option has been removed, and now, they are only available from the Optional updates” settings page (if applicable).

In this guide, you will learn the steps to install drivers and optional updates on your Windows 11 computer.

Install optional updates on Windows 11

To download and install optional updates and drivers, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Windows Update.

  3. Click the Advanced options on the right side.

  4. Under the “Additional updates” section, click the Optional updates setting.

    Advanced options

  5. Select the optional update or driver.

    Download optional updates and drivers

  6. Click the Download & install button.

Once you complete the steps, the packages will download and install on the computer. Also, depending on the update, you may need to restart the computer to apply the changes.

You will see updates for drivers only when they are available for your computer configuration. Otherwise, they will not show up on the page. If you must update a specific device, it’s best to check your manufacturer’s support website to download and install the latest drivers.