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Hardware drivers as Critical Updates

It is relatively rare for drivers to be updated as a Critical Update through Microsoft/Windows Update, but it does happen.

Usually that is because there is a performance or other major issue with the driver so the hardware manufacturer creates and follows the procedure to have a new driver certified by Microsoft.  Only then does the driver get pushed through Microsoft/Windows Update as a Critical Update.

Critical Updates are not necessarily security issues.  Major issues such as blue screens can initiate the need for a Critical Update. 

I suggest getting drivers directly from the hardware manufacturer. These will be the latest drivers avaoilable for your hardware.
If Windows Update has a driver update as a Critical Update, make a note of it and then get the other updates leaving the driver.
Then go to the hardware manufacturers website and research their latest driver.
Since the driver is a Critical Update, you should get the updated driver unless you determine there is a reason not to.

As far is Microsoft/Windows Update is concerned, a Driver Update is just another update.  Driver updates will be installed as silently as any other update depending on how you have Microsoft/Windows Update.   

The Hardware tab of System Properties

The settings in the "Windows Update" button under the "Hardware" tab in "System Properties" has no effect on Windows Update searching for drivers. This selection determines if Windows searches Windows Update for drivers when new hardware is installed or drivers are updated through the Device Manager.
I prefer to set my computers to:
"Ask me to search Windows Update every time I connect a new device"
This gives me an easy option of searching Windows Update and can be especially useful if drivers seem hard to locate.
I can always say no.

Also see:
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