Windows 10 now allows you to get optional and driver updates

Windows Update

A new feature rolling out to Windows 10 will make it easier for
users to access the available driver and optional updates.

Windows 10 Build 19041.450 or newer, Microsoft said it has
restored the Windows 7-era optional updates page, which allows
you to discover new updates to drivers and non-security

This feature
removes the need to get driver updates via Device Manager.
Instead, you’ll be able to access the optional updates for
drivers or security features under Settings > Update &
Security > Windows Update > View optional updates.

The new screen shows all these updates in one area, whether
it’s quality updates, non-security updates, and driver updates
that you may have.

Optional updates page

It’s worth noting that Windows Update will still
automatically install several updates without your permission
unless you click on ‘Pause update’ option or
block updates using Windows Registry.

The optional updates experience is included in
August 2020 security update for Windows 10 version 2004 and
it will be released to older versions of Windows in the near

Your driver updates or optional security updates will be
displayed on the Settings page only when:

  • An optional update is available.
  • Microsoft has approved and published the OEM drivers on
    Windows Update catalog.

Another method is to use the Run window. To open ‘Optional
updates’ page, press Windows + R on your keyboard and type the
following command in the Run window and click OK:

  • ms-settings:windowsupdate-optionalupdates

The above command will allow you to access the hidden optional
updates page, which would be blank when no new drivers are

View optional updates

The key difference between Windows Update and Device Manager is
that the latter allows you to detect drivers for particular
hardware, while Windows Update detects optional updates for all
devices when they are available.

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