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Check for and Install Optional Updates in Windows 11

In Windows 11, you decide when and how to get the latest updates to keep your device running smoothly and securely. When you update, you’ll get the latest fixes and security improvements, helping your device run efficiently and stay protected. In most cases, restarting your device completes the update. Make sure your device is plugged in when you know updates will be installed.

Optional updates are available feature, quality, and driver updates that are optional and do not get automatically installed in Windows Update.

For example, if a driver for your device couldn’t be automatically installed, there may be an optional driver available that your device can use.

This tutorial will show you how to check for and install optional updates in Windows 11.

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Change Maximum Days to Pause Windows Update in Windows 11

Windows Update keeps Windows 11 updated by automatically downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

If you have a Windows Insider build of Windows 11 installed, you can only pause updates for a maximum of 1 week (7 days) by default until updates automatically resume.

If you do not have a Windows Insider build of Windows 11 installed, you can pause updates for a maximum of up to 5 weeks (35 days) by default until updates automatically resume.

You can manually change the maximum days you have available to pause Windows Update for.

This tutorial will show you how to change the maximum days you can pause Windows Update for in Windows 11.

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View Configured Update Policies for Windows Update in Windows 11

Some Windows Update settings and controls might not be available for you if your organization or administrator has set policies to manage updates, or if you’ve joined the Windows Insider Program.

Windows 11 makes it easy to see a list of all policies set on your device for Windows Update in Settings.

This tutorial will show you how to see which policies are set for Windows Update in Windows 11.

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Schedule Restart for Windows Update in Windows 11

In Windows 11, you decide when and how to get the latest updates to keep your device running smoothly and securely. When you update, you’ll get the latest fixes and security improvements, helping your device run efficiently and stay protected. In most cases, restarting your device completes the update.

To finish installing an update, your device may need to restart. Windows will try to restart your device when you’re not using it by default. If it can’t, you’ll be asked to schedule the restart for a more convenient time, or you can manually schedule the restart anytime.

This tutorial will show you how to schedule a restart when required to finish installing updates for Windows Update in Windows 11.

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Add Windows Update Context Menu in Windows 11

In Windows 11, you decide when and how to get the latest updates to keep your device running smoothly and securely. When you update, you’ll get the latest fixes and security improvements, helping your device run efficiently and stay protected. In most cases, restarting your device completes the update. Make sure your device is plugged in when you know updates will be installed.

If you like, you can add a Windows Update context menu to make accessing the Windows Update pages in Settings fast and easy.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Windows Update to the desktop context menu for all users in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off “Get me up to date” for Windows Update in Windows 11

In Windows 11, you decide when and how to get the latest updates to keep your device running smoothly and securely. When you update, you’ll get the latest fixes and security improvements, helping your device run efficiently and stay protected. In most cases, restarting your device completes the update.

You can turn on Get me up to date to restart as soon as possible (even during active hours) to finish updating, and notify you 15 minutes before restarting so you can make sure your device is on an plugged in.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off “Get me up to date” for Windows Update in Windows 11.

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Check for Windows 11 Updates

In Windows 11, you decide when and how to get the latest updates to keep your device running smoothly and securely. When you update, you’ll get the latest fixes and security improvements, helping your device run efficiently and stay protected. In most cases, restarting your device completes the update. Make sure your device is plugged in when you know updates will be installed.

Windows 11 offers you the choice of when and how to get the latest updates to keep your device running smoothly and securely. If you’re not ready to get recommended updates, you can choose to temporarily pause them from being downloaded and installed.

Feature updates are typically released twice per year and include new functionality and capabilities as well as potential fixes and security updates. Quality updates are more frequent and mainly include small fixes and security updates. Windows is designed to deliver both kinds of updates to devices through Windows Update.

This tutorial will show yo how to manually check for and install updates in Windows Update in Windows 11.

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Specify Target Feature Update Version in Windows 11

Windows Update keeps Windows 11 updated by automatically downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

The TargetReleaseVersion policy allows you to specify which feature update version of Windows 11 you would like your computer to move to and/or stay on until the version reaches end of service or you reconfigure this policy.

If you don’t update this policy before the device reaches end of service, the device will automatically be updated once it is 60 days past end of service for its version.

If you specify a TargetReleaseVersion the same as the current version, Windows 11 will stay on this version until it reaches end of service.

If you specify a TargetReleaseVersion higher than the current version, Windows 11 will directly update only to the specified version even if a higher version is available.

This tutorial will show you how to specify a TargetReleaseVersion version of Windows 11 you want to move to or stay on in Windows Update until it reaches end of service in Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, or Education.

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Reset Windows Update in Windows 11

Windows Update keeps Windows 11 updated by automatically downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

Sometimes you may have an issue with Windows Update such as not being able to download or install updates, error messages, not being able to search for new updates, etc. These kind of issues can occur when the Windows Update database or components are corrupted, one or more services related to Windows Update are not running, etc.

Resetting the Windows Update components can usually solve these types of issues.

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View Delivery Optimization Activity Monitor in Windows 11

Windows Update Delivery Optimization helps you get Windows updates and Microsoft Store apps more quickly and reliably.

Windows Update Delivery Optimization works by letting you get Windows updates and Microsoft Store apps from sources in addition to Microsoft, like other PCs on your local network, or PCs on the internet that are downloading the same files. Delivery Optimization also sends updates and apps from your PC to other PCs on your local network or PCs on the internet, based on your settings. Sharing this data between PCs helps reduce the internet bandwidth that’s needed to keep more than one device up to date or can make downloads more successful if you have a limited or unreliable Internet connection.

When Windows downloads an update or app using Delivery Optimization, it will look for other PCs on your local network (or from the internet, depending on your settings) that have already downloaded that update or app. Windows doesn’t download the entire file from one place. Instead, the download is broken down into smaller parts. Windows then gets parts of the update or app from the PCs that have it, and parts from Microsoft. Windows uses the fastest, most reliable download source for each part.

Delivery Optimization creates a local cache, and stores files that it has downloaded in that cache for a short period of time.

Delivery Optimization can’t be used to download or send personal content. Delivery Optimization doesn’t access your personal files or folders, and it doesn’t change any files on your PC.

Delivery Optimization downloads the same updates and apps that you would get through Windows Update and Microsoft Store, using the same security measures. To make sure you’re getting authentic updates, Delivery Optimization gets information securely from Microsoft to check the authenticity of each part of an update or app that it downloads from other PCs. The authenticity of the downloads is checked again before installing it.

Find out what you’re getting from other PCs—and what your PC is contributing—with Activity Monitor. You’ll see a breakdown of downloads by source, average speed, and upload stats, all for the current month. It’ll even tell you how much of a boost your PC is getting from other PCs on the Internet.

The download and upload statistics data only reflects the bandwidth used since the first day of the current month in Activity Monitor.

This tutorial will show you how to see download and upload statistics in Activity Monitor for Delivery Optimization on your Windows 11 PC.

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Set Active Hours for Windows Update in Windows 11

Windows Update keeps Windows 11 updated by automatically downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

Active hours let Windows know when you’re typically at your PC. Windows will use that info to schedule updates and restarts when you’re not using the PC.

The default active hours is 8 AM (8 on 24 hour clock) for Start time and 5 PM (17 on 24 hour clock) End time.

This tutorial will show you how to set active hours for when you use your PC to not automatically restart your Windows 11 PC during this time to finish installing a Windows Update.

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View Update History in Windows 11

Windows Update keeps Windows 11 updated by automatically downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

You can view Windows Update history to see which Feature Updates, Quality Updates, Driver Updates, Definition Updates, and Other Updates have been installed and when on your Windows 11 computer.

Feature updates are typically released twice per year and include new functionality and capabilities as well as potential fixes and security updates.

Quality updates are more frequent and mainly include small fixes and security updates.

This tutorial will show you how to view update history to see which Windows Updates failed or successfully installed on your Windows 11 PC.

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Uninstall Updates in Windows 11

Windows Update keeps Windows 11 updated by automatically downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

While it is not recommended to uninstall any installed updates, you can uninstall an update if it causing issues.

This tutorial will show you how to uninstall a Windows Update in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Windows Update Delivery Optimization in Windows 11

Windows Update Delivery Optimization helps you get Windows updates and Microsoft Store apps more quickly and reliably.

Windows Update Delivery Optimization works by letting you get Windows updates and Microsoft Store apps from sources in addition to Microsoft, like other PCs on your local network, or PCs on the internet that are downloading the same files. Delivery Optimization also sends updates and apps from your PC to other PCs on your local network or PCs on the internet, based on your settings. Sharing this data between PCs helps reduce the internet bandwidth that’s needed to keep more than one device up to date or can make downloads more successful if you have a limited or unreliable Internet connection.

When Windows downloads an update or app using Delivery Optimization, it will look for other PCs on your local network (or from the internet, depending on your settings) that have already downloaded that update or app. Windows doesn’t download the entire file from one place. Instead, the download is broken down into smaller parts. Windows then gets parts of the update or app from the PCs that have it, and parts from Microsoft. Windows uses the fastest, most reliable download source for each part.

Delivery Optimization creates a local cache, and stores files that it has downloaded in that cache for a short period of time.

Delivery Optimization can’t be used to download or send personal content. Delivery Optimization doesn’t access your personal files or folders, and it doesn’t change any files on your PC.

Delivery Optimization downloads the same updates and apps that you would get through Windows Update and Microsoft Store, using the same security measures. To make sure you’re getting authentic updates, Delivery Optimization gets information securely from Microsoft to check the authenticity of each part of an update or app that it downloads from other PCs. The authenticity of the downloads is checked again before installing it.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off allow downloads from other PCs for Delivery Optimization in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Pause Updates Feature in Windows 11

Windows Update keeps Windows 11 updated by automatically downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

If you have a Windows Insider build of Windows 11 installed, you can only pause updates for 1 week (7 days) until updates automatically resume.

If you do not have a Windows Insider build of Windows 11 installed, you can pause updates for up to 5 weeks (35 days) until updates automatically resume.

Some updates, like Microsoft Defender definition updates, will continue to be installed.

When updates resume, your device will need to get the latest updates before it can be paused again.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the pause updates feature of Windows Update for Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Receive Updates for Other Microsoft Products in Windows 11

Windows Update keeps Windows 11 updated by automatically downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

You can have Windows 11 receive updates for other Microsoft products and software, like Office, when you update Windows.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Receive updates for other Microsoft products when you update Windows in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Auto-restart Notifications for Windows Update in Windows 11

Windows Update keeps Windows 11 updated by automatically downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

You can turn on or off to show a notification when your device requires a restart to finish updating.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing auto-restart notifications for Windows Update in Windows 11.

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Clear Windows Update History in Windows 11

Windows Update keeps Windows 11 updated by automatically downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

You can view Windows Update history to see which Feature Updates, Quality Updates, Driver Updates, Definition Updates, and Other Updates have been installed on your Windows 11 computer.

Sometimes you may need or want to clear your Windows Update history on demand.

This tutorial will show you how to clear the Windows Update history on your Windows 11 PC.

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Enable or Disable Download Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 11

By default, Windows Update in Windows 11 will automatically download and install updates, except on metered connections where extra charges may apply. In that case, Windows Update will automatically download only those updates requited to keep Windows running smoothly.

If wanted, you are able to allow Windows Update to automatically download updates over metered connections.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Windows Update to automatically download updates over metered connections in Windows 11.

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