Question about Windows 10 policy of auto updating drivers?

  1.    26 Nov 2015 #1

    Question about Windows 10 policy of auto updating drivers?

    One of the most unpopular features of Windows 10 seems to be auto updating of drivers. I've read quite a few horror stories about Windows 10 installing unwanted GPU drivers and causing issues.

    I am very much of the mantra "If it ain't broke don't fix it" so the world of perpetual updates etc doesn't enthral me. That being said I have a high end Nvidia 980 ti GPU. I received my machine well over a month ago and noted the Nividia drivers pre installed are circa September. Now, I know there are newer drivers out there but thankfully Windows 10 has not found or tried to update them. I do not have the option unchecked for letting Windows 10 find and download drivers/realistic icons. So I am curious why I do not get offered new Nvidia GPU drivers. It's great that it doesn't happen but it has got me thinking. I still sit there checking Windows Update periodically expecting a rude shock as GPU drivers come down the pipe. But it hasn't happened. Have Nvidia seen sense and stopped Microsoft getting their hands on drivers via Windows Update? This would be good as I would only want to update the GPU drivers when I am ready and if there was a compelling need to do so.

    The thing is I don't want to uncheck that option either as certain Hardware components have benefitted from it. For example, plugging in Bluetooth USB dongle, USB webcam. So it is useful but of course it's an all or nothing scenario. Given the GPU is a very sensitive area of the PC experience I would prefer to be able to prevent auto driver updates on just this one component. Of course I am aware of the blocking tool MS released a while back but that is very much a fix and seems like a 'shut the stable door after the horse has bolted' scenario.

    So two questions really, are Nvidia stopping GPU drivers slithering in via Windows Update? And can a single component/piece of hardware be stopped from auto updating it's drivers in Windows 10?

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  2.    26 Nov 2015 #2

    havent seen those updates for last 3 or 4 months with GTX 550ti. changed to a GTX 950 week ago and still nothing. i have all automated on the insider version, different on the RTM then?
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  3.    26 Nov 2015 #3

    Sounds encouraging then in that Nvidia GPU drivers don't seem to be slipstreaming through! Maybe you can now only get them through Geforce experience. Sounds good to me, will just make sure I never install it. I only want drivers to install when I am ready for them and not unexpectedly.
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