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Optional updates?


Roger Stewart
 

I'm still getting a View Optional Updates when I check the status of updates.  I thought that should have gone away with this month's cumulative update.  I usually never check or install optional updates just for that reason--they'll be installed with the next cumulative update.  I'm just wondering what's going on here.


Roger


 

Optional updates are completely separate from cumulative (or feature) updates and are exactly what the label states:  Optional

These days, the majority of the Optional updates appear to be driver updates, and these are often, sadly, out of date.  Just ignore them.  
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Don H
 

For a couple of weeks now I have optional updates showing driver updates.  There is one for a keyboard driver that I select to go ahead and install it.  When I click install it says checking for updates and finds none.  The optional driver is still there.

On 10/16/2020 9:46 AM, Roger Stewart wrote:
I'm still getting a View Optional Updates when I check the status of updates.  I thought that should have gone away with this month's cumulative update.  I usually never check or install optional updates just for that reason--they'll be installed with the next cumulative update.  I'm just wondering what's going on here.


Roger








 

Hi,
The "driver flood" is caused by a combination of OEM's and Microsoft, as pointed out by a Windows Latest article published today:
https://www.windowslatest.com/2020/10/15/microsoft-explains-why-windows-10-is-pushing-optional-drivers/

In short, the metadata info for a driver is stored inside an inf file, more so for drivers from vendors with additional OEM tweaks (say, an intel driver with HP tweaks added). As pointed out many times, the best source of drivers is the vendor's website.
Cheers,
Joseph

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From: win10@win10.groups.io <win10@win10.groups.io> On Behalf Of Don H
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2020 7:55 AM
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Subject: Re: [win10] Optional updates?

For a couple of weeks now I have optional updates showing driver updates. There is one for a keyboard driver that I select to go ahead and install it. When I click install it says checking for updates and finds none. The optional driver is still there.

On 10/16/2020 9:46 AM, Roger Stewart wrote:
I'm still getting a View Optional Updates when I check the status of
updates. I thought that should have gone away with this month's
cumulative update. I usually never check or install optional updates
just for that reason--they'll be installed with the next cumulative
update. I'm just wondering what's going on here.


Roger