On Windows 10, Windows Update allows you to easily download feature updates, monthly cumulative update updates, optional updates, and driver updates. Windows Update can also detect, download and apply updates for Microsoft products, which can include the Office productivity suite.
If you wish to receive updates for Microsoft products, you need to manually turn on this feature from the Settings app.
Starting December 2020, Microsoft will begin releasing updates for additional Microsoft products such as .NET Core 2.1, 3.1 or .NET 5.0. Windows Update will also allow you to apply updates to .NET Core Runtime, Core Runtime, and the .NET Core Desktop Runtime installers.
For those unaware, .NET packages include tools and runtime features or new languages for Windows 10 desktop apps.
These installers are either deployed via Visual Studio or as part of another app. For example, Windows 10 PowerToys app requires you to install the .NET runtime package.
In other words, .NET Core is currently used to run some Windows 10 apps and Microsoft is now planning to ship updates for .NET Core directly via the Windows Update.
The first .NET update will show up on your device if you’ve already enabled updates for ‘Microsoft products’ in the Windows Update settings app and .NET Core-based programs are installed.
You can verify if you’ve .NET Core runtime packages installed by heading to Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall updates screen.
When the setting is enabled and updates are available, you’ll see it in within the Settings app and you can choose to install the .NET core updates immediately.
You can always disable these unnecessary updates by heading to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced options.
The new .NET core updates for Windows 10 will begin rolling out to users next week when the tech giant is expected to publish December’s Patch Tuesday release. This month’s Patch Tuesday release will include bug fixes for Windows 10’s broken in-place upgrade process, dark mode issues, and more.