How to download and install optional updates in Windows 11

Microsoft regularly releases updates for the Windows operating system and the updates are of different types including quality updates, feature updates, etc. new features.

One such category is “Optional Updates” which are updates that are not critical but may be required for other functionality. Typically, these updates may include packages for Microsoft and non-Microsoft products as well as third-party drivers.

New versions of Windows Updates are optional and will not download and install automatically until manually performed by the user through Windows Update. However, if the version is approaching end of service, the upgrade will occur automatically.

In this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to download and install optional updates on a Windows 11 computer through the Settings app.

How to Download and Download Optional Updates in Windows 11

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Windows 11 computer.

2nd step: When the Settings window opens, click on the “Windows Update” option on the left sidebar.

Step 3: After that, select “Advanced Option” from the right part of the window.

Step 4: In the “Advanced options” section, click on the “Optional updates” page on the right side.


Step 5: Check the optional updates to download and click the “Download and Install” button.

That’s it. Once you have successfully completed the steps mentioned above, the package you selected will automatically download and install on the computer running Windows 11.

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