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.