A lot has been said and reported about change in the way now driver updates are handled on Windows 10 via “Windows updates” and “optional updates”. Recently, some of Windows 10 users who enthusiastically used optional updates to install “offered drivers” are facing system stability issues.

So, we just wanted to highlight the difference between driver updates via “Windows updates” and “optional updates” channels. Microsoft mentions on the optional updates page itself that optional updates are recommended to be installed when one is facing a specific problem that may happen because of an existing driver.

So, here is what you need to remember.

  • If your Windows 10 PC is working fine then “Windows update” will automatically keep your drivers updated. Manufacturers are using “Windows update” channel to push new driver updates. So, you don’t need to check “Optional updates”.
  • If you are facing any issue and you feel it can be because of an existing driver then you can try looking into “Optional updates”. You may see many older driver versions being offered. It is always better to install the newer ones out of the all driver versions in optional updates.