Optional updates are updates aren’t required to run the operating system. The OS can work as expected without installing them. However, they may enhance some of its features, or add extra options to connected devices. Optional updates may include device drives, extra packages for Microsoft's software like Office, and hardware. Starting in Windows version 2020, May 2020 Update, it is possible to install optional updates on demand. In this blog post, we will review the procedure in detail.
How to Disable Windows Update Status Tray Icon in Windows 10
Starting in Windows 10 version 1803, Windows 10 shows a tray icon when updates are available and an action (e.g. restart to apply updates) is required on the Settings > Windows Update page. Clicking on the icon will open the mentioned page directly.
How to Delete Downloaded Windows Update Files in Windows 10
If you are running into issues with Updates, you can try to delete downloaded Windows Update files. When an update package is damaged or fails to install, Windows 10 may keep the corrupted file on the drive, so it will further cause issues with updates. Here is how to delete the downloaded Windows Update files that Windows 10 doesn't delete itself.
Microsoft is rolling out a new Windows Update feature to Windows 10 version 1903 users. A new section in Windows Update, named "Download and install now" is intended to make updates more transparent to the user, and to provide more control over the update installation process in Windows 10.
Windows 10 is set to check for updates automatically unless you disable this feature manually. There is the policy Specify deadline before auto-restart for update installation which allows specifying the deadline in days before the OS automatically restarts outside of active hours. The deadline can be individually set for quality and feature updates.
Windows 10 is set to check for updates automatically unless you disable this feature manually. Starting with Windows version 1903, there is a new Group Policy option that allows specifying the number of days that a user has before quality and feature updates are installed on their device automatically. Also, there is an option to set a grace period after which the operating system restarts automatically.
Windows automatically installs updates to keep your device secure and running at peak efficiency. Occasionally, these updates can fail due to incompatibility or issues in new software. If your Windows 10 PC has failed to start properly, the OS will be able to automatically remove a problematic update preventing it from starting normally.
Windows 10 is set to check for updates automatically unless you disable this feature manually. If you run into problems when using Windows Update, the following table with Windows Update's common error codes can be helpful.
Windows 10 is set to check for updates automatically unless you disable this feature manually. Sometimes you may have issues with installing updates, e.g. when some update gets stuck and prevents the OS from finishing the update process. In this case, you may want to delete pending updates.
Starting with Windows 10 build 14997, Windows 10 allows you to pause updates. A special option was added to the Windows Update page of the Settings app. Once enabled, updates will be paused for 35 days. If you are a system administrator or have another reason to restrict access to this feature, you can use a new option starting with Windows 10 version 1809.
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