Windows 10 will list all the optional updates in one place

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We all know how the Windows Update feature is there whenever you want to install the latest security features, as well as drivers.

However, they always seem to be delivered in bulk, and any unnecessary updates or drivers need to be manually removed later.

Well, this won’t be the case for much longer, since Microsoft is planning on bringing some changes ahead. Starting with Windows 10 20H1, also known as version 2004, users will be able to access a new section in Windows Update to see the available optional updates.

How can I access optional updates on Windows 10?

You will find this new menu be following this path:

  1. Press Start
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Select Update & Security
  4. Go to Windows Update
  5. Here you will find a new selectable feature called View optional updates

Users that are already part of the Windows Insider program’s Fast Ring can test out this feature.

Microsoft stated that some driver-specific improvements are also in the works as well:

We’re still working on making it easier for you to see all optional updates (including drivers, feature updates, and monthly non-security quality updates) in one place. For drivers, you no longer need to browse Device Manager for a specific device to update. Windows Update will automatically keep your drivers up to date, but if you’re having a problem, one of those optional drivers might help[…]

However, this isn’t the only new tool added by Microsoft. This latest build also brings a new family group setup experience that allows users to configure other members of the family right from the Out-of-box experience.

No significant bugs or issues have been reported regarding this latest feature. However, there have been reports of the update taking a long time to take place.

This isn’t a serious issue, and Microsoft hasn’t commented on whether or not it has a solution for it yet.

Do you think that optional updates will make things better for users? Let us know in the comments section below.


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