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Guide to Receiving Updates for Other Microsoft Products

Updates to the Windows operating system and other Microsoft products are generally considered critical. The primary reasons are security, product enhancements, bug fixes, and in many cases, performance improvements.

Traditionally, Windows updates are separated from other Microsoft updates such as Office or anything else you might be using.

However, in Windows 11, and probably in more recent versions of Windows 10, Microsoft provides an option to club them together so that everything is part of “Windows Update.” In other words, you do not have to update Windows and other Microsoft products individually. Instead, it all gets encompassed into one.

Note that this isn’t the default stance for a lot of the folks, so it’s something you would need to turn on/enable or turn off/disable at your prerogative. To know how to access this setting, follow along.

How To Enable or Disable Updates for Other Microsoft Products at the Same Time As Windows Updates (Together)

The Windows OS is vast, with many customization options for its users. Given its great size, figuring out a specific outcome can sometimes be cumbersome.

As far as enabling or disabling the updates for other Microsoft products hand-in-hand with Windows updates goes, you’d need to navigate to the Advanced sections of the regular update settings. Check out the step-by-step instructions below to learn how.

Step 1: Head Over to the “Windows Update” Settings

In this step, open the main settings app and click on “Windows Update” to see its specific choices. Typically, this is the very last option on the left side/panel of the Windows Settings app. Check out the visual below for reference.

opening Windows Update Settings in Windows 11
As depicted, go to the Windows Update Settings from the main Settings.

Step 2: Select “Advanced Options” Under the ‘More Options’ Section

When inside the Windows update settings, divert your attention to the choices presented under the ‘More options’ area. Select “Advanced Options” from those choices, as shown in the image underneath.

going to the advanced windows update options in Windows 11
As indicated, select “Advanced options.”

Step 3: Toggle the Switch to on or Off for Receiving Updates for Other Microsoft Products

For your final step, Windows will provide various options pertinent to the Advanced settings. From these, the first choice (customarily) will be whether you want updates for other Microsoft products in conjunction with Windows updates.

If you want to enable this, turn the toggle switch ON, or to disable it, click again to set its status to OFF. For context, review the image that follows.

enabling or disabling other Microsoft updates with regular Windows update
The final step to enabling or disabling other Microsoft updates with regular Windows updates.

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So, What Does It Mean To Receive Other Microsoft Product Updates?

As discussed in this post, anything not included in the Windows update would be designated as other Microsoft updates, a prominent example being its renowned Office software.

It is unclear whether there would be a list of “other” Microsoft products updated with this methodology for every occurrence. Nevertheless, if more control is what you’re looking for, then it’s best to keep this option disabled.

On the other hand, if you don’t want to deal with all the hassle of ensuring you’re staying on top of updating all your Microsoft products, enabling it as part of the routine Windows update might be the way to go.