Disable automatic driver installation in Windows 10

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  1. Posts : 33
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    That was the idea right, to block the new drivers from being installed so the old drivers can remain in place?

    Many thanks!
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    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10

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    you must un-check both boxes.. this will prevent any driver updates..
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  3. Posts : 33
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    Kyhi said:
    Attachment 29908

    you must un-check both boxes.. this will prevent any driver updates..

    Pardon me sir but I meant Device Installation in gpedit.msc. The stuff you're referring to has no effect in this case, I've disabled Windows Update in gpedit.msc temporarily anyway. Thanks!
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    Windows 10

    Hi bulldows95,
    You can uninstall the driver signed by Microsoft and delete it from disk (a driver that is signed by MS will always have precedence). Then install the driver that works for you. After reboot, use the Policy Editor prevent the Device (using Hardware Id) from updating.

    It is possible for the Policy Editor not to work for you if you log into a Domain that resets the policy for employees, students, members etc... because profiles and policies will be inherited from the powers above.

    If you locally log into your computer and you are (the One and only), then it MUST be possible to affect the changes required, as stated by Microsoft itself in the link: Step-By-Step Guide to Controlling Device Installation Using Group Policy

    I know an other reason for registry changes reverting after reboot, and that is when the ownership of a field is taken by another user (like Administrator, for Example but ranking is not important). A simple example, if you have a folder and a certain user decides to take ownership and limit access to it; even the Administrator will not be able to access this folder. The same is applicable to the registry.

    I hope that you go through the literature within the above hyperlink, I am interested to know what was holding you from affecting the changes to device. I have a feeling the device was not defined properly..
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    Windows 11 Home

    Kyhi said:
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    you must un-check both boxes.. this will prevent any driver updates..
    There are 3 steps to be taken to take care of driver updates, your is #1.

    #2 Windows Update Automatic Updates - Disable in Windows 10

    #3 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3073930

    If people skip #3, they will not be able to download Windows Updates, unless they install blocked drivers.
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  6. Posts : 33
    Thread Starter

    Greetings everyone I seem to have found a little bit of luck. The old driver I was attempting to install was one I'd manually downloaded. I had no luck installing that, but choosing Update Driver => Browse my computer for driver software => Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer (ie. drivers that came bundled with Windows) seems to include older versions of this driver as well.

    I'm gonna go ahead and mark this as solved, I'd also like to thank each and every one of you for your kind assistance.

    God bless!
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Ver. 21H2 Build 19044.1586

    bulldows95 said:
    How to disable automatic driver installation in Windows 10?

    I have this Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter (MacBook Pro 2011 w/ Boot Camp) whose driver I need to roll back to an earlier version for things to work properly, however Windows keeps reinstalling the newer version (when scanning for hardware changes, when rebooting etc.).

    I tried the method outlined at Disable automatic device driver download in Windows 10 to no avail:

    1. Open File Explorer and go to This PC.
    2. Then click on System Properties
    3. Under the Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings group, click on Change settings.
    4. Click on the Hardware tab.
    5. Under the the Device Installation Settings group, click on Device Installation Settings
    6. Now click on No, Let me choose what to do, then select Never Install Drivers from Windows Update.
    7. Click on Save Settings, a system reboot is then necessary for the changes to take effect.
    If that were the correct solution than the reverse should be possible to find and execute. But it is not, either way.
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  8. Posts : 31
    windows 10 pro 64bit

    do you have windows 10 pro?
    if so use the gpedit.msc solution
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