Don’t use Windows 10’s ‘Optional Updates’ if you want a stable system

Windows 10 optional updates warning

Some users seek to be the first to use Windows 10 feature
updates, cumulative updates and driver updates via Microsoft’s
Windows Update. If you just want a stable system, don’t go
clicking “Download and install” button under the new “Optional
updates” section for Windows 10 because you may unwittingly
download drivers that you don’t need.

With a cumulative update in August,
Microsoft introduced a new feature called “Optional
updates” and it shows up only when updates are available.

With optional updates page, Microsoft said you can quickly and
easily download and install drivers and monthly preview updates
if you need them.

After Microsoft retired the
automatic driver updates support in Device Manager last
month, all your drivers can now be found and installed via this
new optional updates screen rather than going into Device
Manager.

This page also offers unwanted drivers and if you don’t pay
attention, you may download a driver that you don’t need—even
if you were simply hoping for fixes.

Last week, Microsoft further expanded the reach of the optional
updates and the company has started pushing a bunch of drivers
from Intel. If you check for updates and go to optional updates
screen, you will find a long list of old drivers that could
negatively affect the performance of the system.

In other words, you really need to be careful when you’re
selecting and installing drivers using the optional updates
screen.

Microsoft said that users should use the feature only when they
have a specific problem. Otherwise, you should consider
grabbing updates from your manufacturer’s site or wait for
automatic driver updates.

Intel driver updates

If you see driver patch listed as “Intel – System” with a
release date of 1968, you should avoid it if the current driver
version is newer than the one displayed above.

Likewise, you should also consider skipping Wi-Fi, printer or
Bluetooth driver updates if you don’t have any issues or
problems.

The problem with these so-called driver releases is that
they’re outdated and may introduce new problems or upgrade
blocks. In 2018, for example, Microsoft issued a driver patch
that caused audio issues for some users.

This is because when you do driver updates via the optional
updates screen, your drivers are actually downgraded to an old
or OEM-locked version. Old drivers are often not compatible
with apps and Windows 10 features updates. In addition,
OEM-locked drivers could also prevent you from loading the
latest drivers from Intel’s website.

The best option to download and install compatible drivers is
still the manufacturer’s tools or websites.

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