Op­tional up­dates

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Win­dows Up­date pro­vides ‘op­tional’ up­dates that in­clude ad­di­tional com­po­nents such as Mi­crosoft Sil­verlight. They also in­clude Mi­crosoft-de­liv­ered driv­ers for a wide range of hard­ware. Win­dows 7 and 8.1 users can review and in­stall th­ese via Win­dows Up­date as shown in the main text, but th­ese up­dates are hid­den from view in Win­dows 10 — in­stalling driver up­dates is a hit-and-miss af­fair in­volv­ing go­ing into De­vice Man­ager and click­ing Up­date Driver from the Driver tab of se­lected de­vices.

To see what’s avail­able, and in­stall them di­rectly, down­load the Win­dows Up­date MiniTool ( bit.ly/2v9BwtK). Ex­tract its con­tents and then run wumt_x64.exe (64-bit) or wumt_x86. exe (32-bit) depend­ing on your Win­dows sys­tem type. Click the ‘Check for up­dates’ but­ton un­der Up­date His­tory after ver­i­fy­ing ‘In­clude driv­ers’ is se­lected. From here you can select the up­dates you want and click the ‘In­stall Up­dates’ but­ton to in­stall them.

It’s also pos­si­ble to hide un­wanted up­dates here — if you’re strug­gling with an up­date that re­peat­edly re­fuses to in­stall, hid­ing it will stop Win­dows at­tempt­ing to in­stall it time and time again.

See what op­tional up­dates — in­clud­ing signed driv­ers — are avail­able in Win­dows 10 with the Win­dows Up­date MiniTool.

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