Windows Update has improved by leaps and bounds the past few years, and it is getting better. The Windows Team is now making it easier for consumers and businesses to locate the driver and optional updates in Windows 10.
Install Driver and Optional Updates in Windows 10
Microsoft has now made it easier for you to discover the available Windows 10 feature updates, monthly non-security quality updates, and driver updates. You will now no longer need to use the Device Manager to search for device driver updates. Consequently, the Device Manager will soon no longer search the internet for available updates. You will able to use it only if you have the driver update file on your computer.
To check the Driver and Optional Updates available to your system:
- Open Settings (Win + I)
- Navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update
- Right under it, look for a clickable link—View optional updates.
- Under Driver Updates, a list of updates will be available, which you can choose to install if you are facing an issue manually.
This feature is useful as you can see all the driver updates that are available for your system here in one place. If you have a specific problem because of an outdated driver; then, you can choose to install it from here.
The Windows Team also shared that this is not a bypass of the automatic driver installation process. Windows 10 Update will automatically keep your drivers updated, but installing optional drivers may help if you are experiencing an issue.
Read: How to manually install a Driver using a .INF File.
In the current scenario, if you need to check the updates, you will have to click on View update history option, and then expand the driver updates or quality updates to check what updates have been installed. Optional updates are being rolled out in the August 2020 update.