Windows 10 gives users more control over optional updates

Microsoft is developing a new section of Windows 10 to give users more control over installing optional updates and drivers. The latest news is announced by Windows Latest, noting it in the list of changes Windows 10 Insider Preview build 19536.

We can assume that the new, if successful tests, will get into stable build of Windows 10 probably in one of the first updates next year. It should make it easier to manage drivers and updates that are not critical to system security.


Better control over updates

The new section will be part of the Windows Update setup options. Users should be able to see any available optional updates and decide which ones to install. Microsoft says, “We’re still working to make it easy to view all optional updates (including drivers, feature updates, and non-security monthly updates) in one place.”

In practice, if the system detects new updates, it will offer them to the user in Settings – Updates and Security – Windows Update under the new Show Optional Updates button. The user will then be able to mark individual items and install them using the Download and Install button.

This will be particularly useful for driver updates, where Microsoft promises: “For drivers, you no longer need to go through Device Manager to update a specific component. Windows Update automatically updates the drivers, but if there is a problem, one of the optional drivers can help. ”


Enhancements for family computers

Other new features include extended family group settings that make it easier to configure devices used by multiple family members. When initially setting up your computer, the question “Who will use this device” will be offered the option “people in my family”. If you select it, you will go straight to defining a family group.

For example, you can set usage time limits, define content filters, check installed and purchased applications, or organize events with a shared family calendar. OneNote and Office 365 Home can also be shared with the family.


Microsoft usually announces the planned news a month before it becomes stable. So we can assume that at least some of the above features will be available in January or February.

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