Manually Check and Install Optional Updates in Windows 11

Let’s learn how to Check and Install Optional Updates in Windows 11 manually. Sometimes, optional updates may or may not be important for your device. These updates contain important drivers for many different types of devices.

Checking the optional updates is a suggestive step when troubleshooting a device that is not working, such as a Printer, Bluetooth, Camera, Network Adapters, Speakers, etc., due to the pending download and installation of new drivers as required for your device.

Windows 11 includes an option to download and install Optional Updates, which are not required (but necessary) to operate the device properly. These packages include updates for Microsoft and third-party products, feature updates, optional monthly updates, and other driver updates.

The Optional Updates are not new to Windows 11 but provide the choice of whether to install specific updates that have been available since Windows 10. In previous versions, you could install or update drivers from Device Manager (removed from Windows 11), but now available in the Settings App as Optional Updates.

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Manually Check and Install Optional Updates in Windows 11 - Fig. 1
Manually Check and Install Optional Updates in Windows 11 – Fig. 1

How to Check and Install Optional Updates in Windows 11

You can use Windows Settings to Check and Install Optional Updates. Click on the Windows button, select Settings, or press Win Key + I to open settings directly. Then, under settings, click on the Windows Update option on the left panel and scroll down to find & tap on  Advanced Options in the right panel.

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Manually Check and Install Optional Updates in Windows 11 – Fig. 2

When you tap Advanced Options, it opens; various types of settings are available under these options. Now scroll down and find the Additional Options. Here, you see the Optional Updates option, which helps to provide feature, quality, and driver updates. The other options (except Optional Updates) of Advanced Options are listed below.

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Manually Check and Install Optional Updates in Windows 11 – Fig. 3

When you enter the Optional Updates window, if any updates are available, they are all listed there. Check or uncheck the listed updates you want to install, then tap the Download & Install button.

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Manually Check and Install Optional Updates in Windows 11 – Fig. 4

After clicking on the Download & Install button, the updates start downloading, and when the download completes, the installation starts automatically, as shown in the image below.

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Manually Check and Install Optional Updates in Windows 11 - Fig. 5
Manually Check and Install Optional Updates in Windows 11 – Fig. 5

When the installation completes, it asks you to Restart the device now. You can also schedule a restart to finish installing updates when it is convenient for you. If your PC is unavailable at your scheduled time, Windows will automatically find a good time for the restart.

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Manually Check and Install Optional Updates in Windows 11 – Fig. 6

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Alok is a Master of Computer Applications (MCA) graduate. He loves writing on Windows 11 and related technologies. He likes to share his knowledge, quick tips, and tricks with Windows 11 or Windows 10 with the community.

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