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Microsoft confirms Driver updates via “Optional updates” to replace manual drivers search starting August 2020 Patch update

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We reported about Microsoft already making Driver updates available via “Optional updates” after making manual driver updates search linked to Windows update. Now, the company has confirmed the same in a post also revealing that starting August Patch update it will be available for everyone.

Beginning with the August 2020 security update for Windows 10, when optional updates are detected by your device, they will be displayed on a new page under Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > View optional updates. That means you no longer need to utilize Device Manager to search for updated drivers for specific devices.

How to view optional updates in Windows 10

How optional driver updates will appear in Windows 10, beginning with the August 2020 update

Windows Update will, of course, continue to automatically keep your drivers updated, but installing optional drivers may help if you are experiencing an issue.

While some users may not like removal of the manual driver update search option via Device manager, we found that the latest Driver updates are already available via “Optional updates”. This not only saves time and effort on user’s part, it also makes it safer to update drivers, as Microsoft will make them available only after proper testing.

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