New update settings

How to install optional updates on Windows 10

Do you need to download and install optional updates? Here's the answer to perform this task on Windows 10.

Optional updates settings on Windows 10

On Windows 10, optional updates are those updates that aren’t critical to use the operating system, but they may be necessary for other functionalities. Usually, these updates can include packages for Microsoft and non-Microsoft products and third-party drivers (such as for printers, cameras, network adapters, etc.).

In earlier releases, optional updates happened automatically, but starting with version 2003, May 2020 Update, the Settings app is getting a new section that allows you to view and decide which updates to install manually.

In this guide, you’ll learn the step to download and install optional updates on Windows 10.

How to install optional updates using Settings

Use these steps to download and install optional updates on Windows 10:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Update & Security.

  3. Click on Windows Update.

  4. Click the View optional update link.

    Windows Update settings with Optional updates link
    Windows Update settings with Optional updates link
  5. Expand the update category, such as the Driver updates section.

  6. Check the optional update that you want to configure.

  7. Click the Download and install button.

    Windows 10 Optional updates settings
    Windows 10 Optional updates settings

Once you complete the steps, the package you selected will download and install on your device.

If you don’t see the option, it’s likely that you’re not running the version that supports this feature. The “Optional updates” settings are available starting with Windows 10 build 18980 and later.