What the heck??
To be clear, I do not recommend installing Live Essentials unless you see something in that list which really interests you. I use and do like Live Writer, which is my preference for publishing to this blog.
When I uncheck it, Recommended Updates get moved from the Important category back to Optional.
I’m not sure when or how this got set, but I’ve noticed other brand-new machines do the same thing. Is this the new default?