How to install Device Drivers via Optional Updates in Windows 10

After installing the KB4566782 cumulative update, Windows 10 users will no longer be able to look for any driver updates via Device Manager. Rather, they can easily download and install any such updates through the Windows Update section. Well, in this post, we guide how to download and install new device drivers available under the Optional Updates section.

As per Microsoft, any new driver update will now appear under the “Optional updates” on the Windows Update page. In short, you can’t search for any new driver updates on the Device Manager. They have already brought several quality settings from the Control Panel to the Settings UI. This clearly indicates they aiming to simplify the whole Windows processes and services. Removing the ability to update drivers right from the Device Manager window is a short step towards that. 

Note: We can hope for Windows 10 to become more user-friendly in the upcoming years with lots of customization options available for users. 

install Driver Optional Updates in Windows 10

Install Device Drivers Optional Updates on Windows 10

Here’s how to look for any new pending updates available for the device drivers on the computer –

  • Jointly press WinKey + I to launch the Settings app.
  • Click Update & Security thereafter Windows Update.
  • Jump to the right side and click “View Optional updates” just below the “Check for updates” button.
  • Under the Driver Updates section, there appears a list of available updates for the computer.
  • Mark each one of the checkboxes and click the “Download and install” button.

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That’s it, Windows 10 will immediately start downloading the chosen driver updates. When the download process completes, the system installs the updates as well and prompts users to Restart Windows

Users who have outdated device drivers running on the computer will find this guide pretty useful as you don’t need to update any drivers separately visiting the Device Manager.

Note: Windows 10 keeps on upgrading the drivers that require immediate upgradation. However, this left a few drivers, and users need to update them manually. Hence the name “Optional Updates“.

This new feature is a part of the Windows 10 2004 experiments. Windows 10 1909/1903 and other lower versions continue to receive updates via the Device Manager.

Soni Aryan

Soni Aryan

Soni Kumari is a tech enthusiast known for her expertise in how-to type topics and Windows troubleshooting articles. She loves exploring how to do things or tweaks in Android, iPhone, and other operating systems.