Windows 11 will automatically download and install the latest updates from Microsoft to keep your system safe and secure. However, there are also optional updates which will not install automatically. These updates are either released by Microsoft or from the manufacturer and you can manually download/install them when needed. Here is how to check whether you have optional updates available for your system and install them in Windows 11.
How to Install Optional Updates in Windows 11?
Follow the below steps to check and install available optional updates:
- Right-click on Start menu and select “Settings” option.
- When you are in Settings app, go to “Windows Update” section from the left sidebar.
- Scroll down on the right pane and click “Advanced options” showing under “More options” section.
- On the “Advanced options” settings page, check the “Optional updates” items showing under “Additional options” section. You will see the number of available updates showing there like “1 available” and click on the “Optional updates” item.
- In my case, it shows an optional update is available under “Other updates” category. Expand that section to view more details.
- Here you can check the name and details of the available update. If KB number is showing, you can find more details based on the KB number from Microsoft website. To install, select the item and click “Download & install” button.
- Now the optional update will be downloaded and installed on your system like any other regular Windows updates.
- Wait for the update to finish and restart your system if prompted.
Should You Install Optional Updates or Not?
As the name indicates, optional updates are neither mandatory nor automatic. So, you do not need to manually install optional updates unless you have some need for that. For example, your device manufacturer might have released an optional driver update for fixing an issue. In this case, you should install the optional update to fix the driver problem. If you are not facing any problem in the system, it is safe to ignore optional updates (especially from Microsoft) even though they are available for installation.