Should I Apply Microsoft Windows Optional Hardware Update(s)?
Posted on 2007-11-23
Should I apply the updates indicated in the "Hardware, Optional" section of the Windows Update program? For example, when the option on Internet Explorer/Tools/Windows Update is selected, Microsoft Update displays in some cases many instances of Hardware updates. These updates can be for the PC itself (ie. video drivers, DVD drivers, etc) as well as printer or other peripheral updates. For example, I received an entry in the "Hardware, Optional" section which showed "Hewlett-Packard Company - Printers - HP LaserJet 4200 PS". However, I looked at HP's website and the driver is up to date! Where does Microsoft get their information from such that it thinks an update exists and should be applied but in my opinion the update has already been applied. As I mentioned, this can be for printers, other drivers on the computer and other peripherals.