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    Installing Drivers Went Batsh*t Crazy This Morning


    I always keep task manager open for about 10 minutes when I first boot up just to see what's what and this morning I noticed high wmi provider host high cpu usage as well as I think it was something like windows command processor (32 bit), driver installation module, windows installer and the usual band of suspects. Task manager has seemed to now calm down but I have not rebooted yet for fear of what other self inflicted damage might have occurred. Control Panel add/ removed shows the pic below. So what could have (suddenly) caused this sudden onslaught of driver installation other then user error somewhere along the way. I should mention that it is common for me first thing in the morning (though not always) when not connected to the Internet and I am in task manager I randomly shut down just on principle some processes such as windows tasks(?), windows module installer and other things that I don't want to deal with that today. Thanks for any insight. P.S. I happened to be on the tenforums website when I grabbed the screenshot : )

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    I'm going to go out on limb and say that either Windows or GeForce experience detected that a more up to date driver was available and kicked off the process of updating. That is turn cause Intel to update.

    That or the other way around. Most of the drivers on screen shot are display related.

    You can prevent Windows and nvidia from updating drivers. For Windows option 4 this tutorial

    Enable or Disable Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10

    and you would disable nvidia as well in GeForce experience. I don't have nvidia but that is what I recall.

    You should also consider a product like Macrium reflect. Periodic system images provide a quick and reliable way to restore a device to working system. There are other tools, Macrium is free, reliable and used by members.

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    I keep my data in a separate partition which means my system images are kept to a reasonable size. I back my data up on a different schedule.


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    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    I'm going to go out on limb and say that either Windows or GeForce experience detected that a more up to date driver was available and kicked off the process of updating. That is turn cause Intel to update.

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    You can prevent Windows and nvidia from updating drivers. For Windows option 4 this tutorial
    Enable or Disable Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10

    and you would disable nvidia as well in GeForce experience. I don't have nvidia but that is what I recall.

    You should also consider a product like Macrium reflect.

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    Thanks for the info. I cannot recall during the past 7 months since I have had the Lenovo P51 Thinkpad when the display drivers took it upon themselves to update. Is there a way to receive notification that display drivers are available before downloading and ask me if it is OK?

    The link that you provided above after a cursory glance including option 4 all seem to be contingent upon windows update. I use Windows Update Blocker v1.1

    https://www.sordum.org/9470/windows-...-blocker-v1-1/

    to prevent windows from updating. This morning there were no other updates to the system other then the display drivers and I am still on 1709 and have not had any of the monthly security updates install themselves since May. Maybe I need to give the link a good read but I do not believe that any of those fixes are solely for the purposes of preventing display driver updates.

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  4. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    The tutorial I provided was strictly blocking driver updates. If you have disabled through other means I trust they block all from a Windows perspective.

    If you look at update history, at the bottom is a list of drivers. I would assume yours is blank.

    If you have GeForce installed you might want to give that the once over. It is my understanding there is also "Update Feature" withing this software.

    You also want to check if Lenovo software is "Helping" you. Plenty of manufacturers have software that updates machines. I provided link to another member the other day and it went out and identified drivers it wanted to updated.

    Given you are a regular user of imaging software there is reduced risk of restarting.
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    @Caledon Ken

    >The tutorial I provided was strictly blocking driver updates

    Thanks. I'll give it another look see.

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    If you look at update history

    If you are referring to "windows update history" I have screwed around so much with that that currently when I click on windows update history and view installed updates it is blank!

    The only way I saw those recently installed (yesterday) display driver updates was when I went to add/ remove programs. To the best of my knowledge they were the only display drivers listed. Is there another way to just see display driver history and past and current updates for display drivers? I know I can look at the "old" device manager for some info but I was hoping for a more advanced GUI option.

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    If you have GeForce installed

    Sadly, no. I do not believe my lowly Intel HD Graphics 630 and NVIDIA Quadro M1200 qualify.

    >
    You also want to check if Lenovo software is "Helping" you.

    Yes. I check that regularly though I intend to ignore that just as I do with windows updates.

    I suppose I could GOOGLE but do you know of a way to force NVIDIA to notify me BEFORE updating drivers? Thanks.


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    Interesting that update history would be blank. I've seen that when you reset updates or a feature update gets installed, like V1803.

    You likely have an nvidia icon in notification tray. Please right click. Even on my ancient laptop running a very old nvida card there is geForce and a Notification setting

    Don't know a way to list just display drivers. You can see all drivers, couple of ideas here.

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    @Caledon Ken

    >Interesting that update history would be blank.

    Yeah. Like I said I have an unhealthy obsession about leaving well enough alone and have fiddled around with the Group Policy Editor/ Component Services.

    >You likely have an nvidia icon in notification tray.

    I'm also kinda tidy and have nothing in the tray except Bitdefender, Throttlestop and Hard Disk Sentinel.I know that if I right click on the desktop I can access all sorts of display info which I really have to take a look at some time : )


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    That is some interesting? thread. Thanks again for your input.
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    What come up when you click NVIDIA Control Panel in your screen shot.

    If you open task manager, click on show more details, sort by name, you likely see a bunch of NVIDIA stuff running. On mine it shows GeForce so that starts with windows (Autorun) but is not listed under "Startup" tab. There is a NVIDIA Backend that starts that I never took any interest too.
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    @Caledon Ken

    >What come up when you click NVIDIA Control Panel in your screen shot.



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    >If you open task manager, click on show more details, sort by name, you likely see a bunch of NVIDIA stuff

    I always start my computer session with the task manager open just to see what's going on and yes, I always see NVIDIA stuff running.

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  10. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Well definitely different than mine.

    Maybe some other member will have another idea as to what kicked off the updates.
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