Optional updates are those updates that are not essential to the operation of Windows 10. Typically, these will include updates for Microsoft and non-Microsoft products and third-party drivers (such as for printers, cameras, network adapters, etc.). Once in the “Optional updates” settings page, you’ll see a listing of the available packages for your device. If you want to install a new driver, for example, you’ll have to check the package and then click the Download and install button. The ability to install non-critical updates has been around for a long time, but on Windows 10, these updates also happened automatically, which in many cases led to more problems. To reduce the chances of running into issues using Windows Update, the next version will bring back the ability for users to download and install optional updates manually. However, the new feature doesn’t mean that Windows 10 will stop detecting and installing driver updates automatically. Device drivers will continue to install automatically, but only those non-essential packages will be available in this section. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.