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    Device Driver Automatic Installation - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    Device Driver Automatic Installation - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Automatic Device Driver Installation in Windows 10
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    How to Turn On or Off Automatic Device Driver Installation in Windows 10

    information   Information
    By default, Windows 10 will automatically search for, download and install driver updates for devices installed on the computer via Windows Update.

    Device Installation Settings allow you to change if Windows is to automatically download drivers and realistic icons for your devices from Windows Update.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to automatically download and install drivers from Windows Updates in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to make changes in Device Installation Settings.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn On or Off Automatic Device Driver Installation in Device Installation Settings
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Automatic Device Driver Installation using a REG file







    Device Driver Automatic Installation - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Device Driver Automatic Installation - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Automatic Device Driver Installation in Device Installation Settings

    1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Devices and Printers icon.

    2. Under Devices, right click or press and hold on your PC icon with computer name, click/tap on Device installation settings, and close the Control Panel. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Do step 4 (on) or step 5 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     4. To Turn On Automatic Device Driver Installation from Windows Update

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Select (dot) Yes, do this automatically, and click/tap on Save Changes. (see screenshot below)

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     5. To Turn Off Automatic Device Driver Installation from Windows Update

    A) Select (dot) No (your device might not work as expected), and click/tap on Save Changes. (see screenshot below)

    B) You may also wish to Disable Including Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10.

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    Device Driver Automatic Installation - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Device Driver Automatic Installation - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Automatic Device Driver Installation using a REG file

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below will add and change the DWORD in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\DriverSearching

    SearchOrderConfig DWORD

    0 = off
    1 = on


    1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Turn On Automatic Device Driver Installation

    Note   Note
    This is the default setting. In Device Installation Settings, this would be the same as:

    Selecting Yes, do this automatically (recommended).

    OR

    Selecting No, let me choose what to do, and checking Always install the best driver software from Windows Update.


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Always_install_best_driver_software_from_Windows_Update.reg

    download

     3. To Turn Off Automatic Device Driver Installation

    Note   Note
    In Device Installation Settings, this would be the same as:

    Selecting No, let me choose what to do, and checking Never install the driver software from Windows Update.


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Never_install_driver_software_from_Windows_Update.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

    8. You may also wish to Enable or Disable Including Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 324
    Windows 10 Pro x86 and x64 dual boot
       2015-08-31 #1

    I turned off as per the tutorial to block new Nvidia drivers which crash my machine. Despite using rollback for the drivers so I can use the stable Win 8 V347.88 driver if I manually check for updates it installs the new buggy drivers then I have to rollback again. Also when turning off I dont seem to get any other updates as well like Virus Definitions. What did I do wrong?
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,342
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-08-31 #2

    Hello banger,

    Did you uninstall the driver (option 2 at link) in Device Manager?
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  3. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 324
    Windows 10 Pro x86 and x64 dual boot
       2015-09-01 #3

    Yes same result as rollback
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,342
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-09-01 #4

    In that case uninstall the driver again, then check to see if you have a C:\NVIDIA folder. If you do, then delete it as well. This folder contains the installation files for the NVIDIA driver, and could be used to reinstall from.
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 147
    Windows 10 x64
       2015-09-01 #5

    My understanding is that the device-driver automatic installation doesn't work exactly like this.

    If you set it to get drivers from Windows Update, I believe Windows gets drivers from Windows Update if Windows does not have an appropriate driver at the time of the device detection (PnP).

    From what I can remember, setting this would not directly impact whether you get driver updates from Windows Update when Windows Update searches for updates on a regular basis; it would only impact whether you get drivers from Windows Update when the device is detected. Routine Windows Updates and device detection are two separate events.

    I know this was the case at one point in the far past, but I do not know if this is still the case.
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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,342
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-09-01 #6

    Hello jfreemont,

    It's to be able to get updated drivers all the time from Windows Update if/when available. The link below from Microsoft is for Windows 7, but still applies.

    Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware


    You can check Windows Update at any time to see if it found new drivers and icons for your hardware, especially if you recently installed a new device. If you want to have Windows Update automatically check for the latest drivers and icons, click Yes, do this automatically (recommended).
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  7. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 147
    Windows 10 x64
       2015-09-01 #7

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello jfreemont,

    It's to be able to get updated drivers all the time from Windows Update if/when available. The link below from Microsoft is for Windows 7, but still applies.

    Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware
    Maybe so.

    If that's still the case, I wish they'd move the setting to Windows Update as a checkbox rather than its current location.
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  8. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,342
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-09-01 #8

    Yeah, that would be nice. There was a setting for it in the Windows Update settings from the Control Panel, but of course that's long gone in Windows 10 now.
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  9. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 324
    Windows 10 Pro x86 and x64 dual boot
       2015-09-02 #9

    Think this has worked now. I still get a desktop notification "Cannot install updates tap here to fix" but if I ignore that and ignore the install button on windows update the nvidia drivers dont get updated but windows updates still seem to get installed according to history.
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