Microsoft delays Optional updates setting for Windows 10

Windows 10 cumulative update

Back in 2019, Microsoft announced it would add ‘Optional
updates’ option to Windows Update settings page. Microsoft said
new Optional updates page will let you manage improvements for
optional updates such as drivers, monthly feature updates, and
non-security patches released every month.

It looks like Microsoft has changed its mind and new Optional
updates setting won’t arrive in Windows 10’s upcoming 20H1
update.

This change was quietly announced in the release notes of
Windows 10 20H1 Build 19035, which was released on December 4,
2019.

“We’ve completed the experiment related to how we deliver
driver updates through Windows Update. Devices that were
involved in the experiment will no longer see the Optional
Updates link under Settings > Windows Update,” Microsoft
said.

It’s a surprising change, as Windows 10’s Optional update
feature could have improved overall Windows Update experience.
Microsoft originally planning to include drivers, feature
updates and monthly updates in ‘View optional updates’ section
in the Settings app.

While Windows Update has been designed to automatically keep
your drivers up to date, Microsoft believed that optional
drivers could help solve a problem and give you greater control
over other important updates.

As you can see the below screenshot, Optional updates feature
will allow you to select driver updates and install them
manually. You can also uninstall a particular driver update
from this page.

Optional Updates

It appears that the new Optional updates experience will come
out in October/November 2020, not this spring as previously
planned. Optional update listings returned in the latest build
of the upcoming Windows 10 20H2 update.

The announcement was made by
Microsoft in the release notes of Windows 10 20H2 Build 19536,
which was released to Fast Ring testers on December 16, 2019.
In Build 19536 or newer, there’s a “view optional updates”
option on the Windows Update settings page that lets you manage
the driver updates.

According to Microsoft’s typical schedule,
Windows 10’s 20H2 update should land in October/November
2020 and it would be another service pack-like update.

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