Windows Update Check for and Install Optional Updates in Windows 11

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This tutorial will show you how to check for and install optional updates in Windows 11.

In Windows 11, you decide when and how to get the latest updates to keep your device running smoothly and securely. When you update, you'll get the latest fixes and security improvements, helping your device run efficiently and stay protected. In most cases, restarting your device completes the update. Make sure your device is plugged in when you know updates will be installed.

Optional updates are available feature, quality, and driver updates that are optional and do not get automatically installed in Windows Update.

For example, if a driver for your device couldn’t be automatically installed, there may be an optional driver available that your device can use.


Here's How:

1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Windows Update on the left side, and click/tap on Advanced options on the right side. (see screenshot below)


3 Click/tap on Optional options. (see screenshot below)

You will see how many available optional updates you may have to the right of Optional options.


4 Expand open the category (ex: "Driver updates" or "Other updates") of optional updates you want to check and/or install. (see screenshot below step 6)

5 Check (install) or uncheck (don't install) the optional updates for what you want. (see screenshot below step 6)

6 If you selected to install any optional update(s), click/tap on Download & install when ready. (see screenshot below)


7 You will now automatically go back to the Windows Update page to see the selected option update(s) download and install. (see screenshot below)


8 If a restart is required to finish installing the optional update(s), then you can perform one of the following actions for when you want to restart:

 Let automatically restart outside of active hours

A) No more action is needed on your part. Windows will automatically restart outside of your set active hours.

 Restart now

A) Click/tap on Restart now in Windows Update or on the Windows Update notification.

 Schedule the restart

A) For how, see:


That's it,
Shawn Brink



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