Gang I am having a bad time trying to get Conexant audio to work. With the original Windows 10 install, from 8.1 via the wire [Home edition], the Audio device drivers were installed. on casual look things appeared ok until I looked in Dev Manager, in Properties, in the Events windows and got message:
Device HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_8086&DEV_2807&SUBSYS_80860101&REV_1000\4&17ddd72c&0&0001 requires further installation.
playing any sort of media file would result in sporadic, patternless fails. play for a few seconds, gap for a few seconds, play again, or fail altogether. Removed the Device Driver and instead opted for the generic "High Definition Audio" and it all seems to work ok.

Windows 10 specific device package from the maker, Lenovo, results in "success" at driver install, but fail in playback. Removing that entirely [driver deleted and verified before turning on the net again] then letting Windows install over the wire produced a similar fail but with a couple of diffs. At first it dropped the speakers, looking like the driver was installed but no 'speaker' showing up in the mixer. When I tried to uninstall that driver, Device Manager locked up ["not responding"].

If we assume that the driver is just badly botched, HOW do I get Winupdate to ignore, and leave me alone with the High Definition generic?

any light you can shed is greatly appreciated.