Microsoft Windows 10 Optional Updates-Install or Not?
I have said several times, as in the article on how to fix Windows Update installation problems , of how essential it is for computer security reasons that Windows Update works automatically and installs the important updates released every week by Microsoft. However, it sometimes happens that Microsoft releases updates that are classified not as important , but as optional , which do not install automatically but require manual intervention. A normal computer user may ne’er notice these facultative updates if they do not open Windows Update and choose them for installation.What used to be called easy updates are now reported in Windows 10 (within WIndows Update) as an ” Optional Quality Update Available “, waiting for user action to be installed. It is therefore a different type than the classic security updates released every week by Microsoft, closely related to what are called quality and functionality updates , those that change the version of Windows 10 with the addition of new features.
Should we install these optional updates or not?
An optional “quality upgrade” is a Windows update that does not need to be installed immediately and does not follow the Windows Update automatic installation rule. These updates never include security patches which are always installed immediately (unless you configure Windows 10 to block automatic updates ). These optional updates solve PC stability problems and fix minor errors with the compatibility of the hardware used. You can choose to install them or not, with no particular contraindications.
Windows optional updates are not considered critical, they are not security patches and are optional and therefore installed automatically . In general, these are updates intended to fix problems in Windows.
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Among the optional updates there are usually patches to fix small bugs that lead to computer crashes, updates of minor tools, driver updates, patches for Office programs and various types of adjustments, which do not concern the security of the computer. they are considered important and mandatory.
These updates ar sporadic and it’s by no means that necessary to put in them: if you encounter a haul along with your laptop, putting in the nonmandatory update is the simplest way way to solve it, otherwise they are still stable updates and do not concern experimental functions like those that you would receive by activating the WIndows Insider program.
Check for optional updates to download on Windows 10
In WIndows 10, to check the availability of optional quality updates, you need to open the Start menu and then the Settings. In the Update & Security Windows Update section, you can press the “Check for Updates” button to check for new updates. Usually this operation is superfluous on a PC used every day because updates are checked automatically, while on a PC that is not turned on often, checking for new updates is something that must always be done manually.
If an optional quality update is available, a message will appear under the “Check for Updates” button notifying you of a new one Quality upgrade available optional . By pressing the “Download and Install” button you can install the update, otherwise you can ignore this message and leave it where it is.
You can also just click on the “View all optional updates” link to see all optional updates that can be installed.
If there is a problem with an update, you can go to Settings> Update & security> Windows Update> View update history and press Uninstall updates to remove the update from Windows 10.