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Windows 8 : Automatic Updates as Security - Managing Updates (part 1) - Managing optional updates

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3/5/2015 1:14:42 AM

The automatic updates related to safety require little or not effort on your partition. But sometimes you can be confronted with the optional updates. These updates are not related to safety. On the other hand, they are new versions of the drivers, difficulties for the minor insects, or another type of update. They are optional because your computer is sure, whether you install the update or not.

Managing optional updates

To manage optional updates and tweak some settings, use the Windows Update applet in Control Panel. To get to that applet, do one of the following:

  • At the desktop, press Windows+X and choose Control Panel => System And Security => Windows Update.
  • At the Windows Start screen, show the Charms Bar and choose Search. Click Control Panel => System And Security => Windows Update.

If there are any optional updates, click the Optional Updates link to see what they are. The name of each will be listed next to an empty check box (see Figure 1). You have three options for dealing with each one:

FIGURE 1 Optional updates

  • If you want to download and install the update, select its check box.
  • If you want to hide the item so it doesn’t show up in the future, right-click it and choose Hide Update. (It won’t go into hiding until you leave the current window.) Right-click and choose Restore Update to restore a hidden update.
  • If you want to get more information about the item before you decide, click its name and view more information about the update in the right pane.

If you selected optional updates to install, click Install to return to the Windows Update window and start the download and installation process. If you don’t want to install any optional updates, simply close Windows Update.

To restore updates that have been previously hidden, open Windows Update and click Restore Hidden Updates in the right pane.

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