November 5th, 2020, a clear distinction between automatic and manual updates in Windows Update, completing the transformation of driver servicing
The subject Windows and drivers is a kind of permanent construction process, Microsoft has been trying for years to improve the distribution of automatic and manual updates in this regard. Now the Redmonders have announced again an improvement of the process.
Last summer Microsoft announced an improved update experience for its operating system, which should help to better detect available Windows 10 feature updates, monthly non-security related quality updates and driver updates.
More control for users
Microsoft now wants to further optimize this solution and has therefore announced in a blog post that it is redefining the way manual drivers are distributed for computers with Windows 10 version 2004 and higher. The goal of the whole thing is to give users more control. Starting November 5th, users will see a clear separation between automatic and manual updates in Windows Update.
Microsoft writes that in the past, when a peripheral device such as a webcam was first connected and a notification was sent that a manual driver (previously known as an "optional" driver) was available, there was nothing that could be done to prevent it from installing. In other words, the user had no control over this decision.
However, from the beginning of November on, it will happen as follows:
- Automatic driver updates are automatically installed on the computer, either when a peripheral device is connected for the first time or when a device manufacturer releases a driver for Windows Update. In other words, there is no change to the plug-and-play scenario when an automatic driver is available from Windows Update.
- Manual driver updates can be installed manually on the computer if you explicitly request them by navigating to Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update -> Show optional updates.