This article describes the steps to search for and install Optional Updates in Windows 11.
By default, Windows Update is configured to automatically connect to Microsoft’s internet servers and search for and install the latest fixes and security patches to help keep your devices running smoothly and securely.
In most cases, restarting your device will complete the update process. However, while restarting, it is recommended that you keep your device plugged into a power source or have enough battery life to complete the update.
Windows also has an Optional Updates feature. Some Windows features, device drivers, and apps that can not automatically be installed via Windows Update are kept under the Optional Update.
Below is how users can search for and install Optional Updates in Windows 11.
How to find and install Optional Updates in Windows 11
As mentioned above, some Windows features, device drivers, and apps that can not automatically be installed via Windows Update are kept under the Optional Updates.
Here’s how to search for and install Optional Updates in Windows 11
First, open the Windows Settings app.
To do that, click on the Start menu -> and select the Settings app.
In the Settings app, click the Windows Update button on the left.
On the right, select the Advanced options tile to expand.
On the Windows Update -> Advanced options expanded tile, under Additional options, select the Optional updates tile to expand.
On the Windows Update -> Advanced options -> Optional updates settings pane, expand the category tiles for Driver updates or Other updates.
Select the box next to the driver associated with the device you’re attempting to install. Once you select a box, the Download & Install button will be highlighted.
This will take you back to the Windows Update pane and begin to download the selected updates.
The device drivers and other updates you select will be downloaded and installed. You will be prompted to do so if a restart is required to complete the update.
Alternatively, you can schedule a restart at a later time.
That should do it!
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