Windows 10: Enable or Disable Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10  

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  1.    04 Jul 2018 #160

    Oh hell. I don't want Windows update touching my drivers. It just brings back BSODs whenever it does.
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  2.    12 Aug 2018 #161

    Thanks for the help! This saved me a lot of time!
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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       12 Aug 2018 #162

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  4. rseiler's Avatar
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       2 Weeks Ago #163

    It was established up the thread that ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate doesn't affect updates outside of Windows Update itself, even if the system (via Device Manager) actually uses WU services to do it, which I think it does.

    So for those times where you don't want Device Manager (or the system) sneakily re-installing a driver from the Internet, what does one do short of not connecting to the Internet or disabling the device?

    I was in a bizarre situation with an HP convertible (Win10 Home 1803) where the presence of an obscure Intel system driver (a sensor driver) was breaking the keyboard and touchpad. At first, I thought that I had to simply revert the driver to the previous version (maybe it had updated), or update the driver to the latest version (maybe it was outdated), but neither worked. It didn't like any version of the driver at all. I only knew to focus on the driver because of a thread on HP's forum (not that there's an explanation there as to why the driver is a problem in the first place).

    Simply uninstalling the driver (with delete) from Device Manager wasn't enough to stop it from coming back, even with the Registry key (set to 1 and rebooted) in place, and even with the (probably useless) corresponding setting in "Devices and Printers" in Control Panel set.

    I couldn't hide the driver, because doing that requires an Internet connection, and once you connect.... I couldn't disable the WU service, because then hiding something would be impossible, since I wouldn't get a list of any available drivers.

    So I ended up just disabling the item in Device Manager, but the next Feature Update (1809) will just re-enable it, so it's a stopgap. Not a big deal, but I was just wondering if anyone knows if it's really possible to stop this sort of thing.
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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       2 Weeks Ago #164

    Hello @rseiler,

    As a workaround, you could set your network connection to be metered to stop automatic download and install of updates.

    Set Ethernet Connection as Metered or Unmetered in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    Set Wireless Network as Metered or Non-Metered in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    This will allow you to be able to hide any updates you don't want before they get installed.

    Hide or Show Windows Updates in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  6. rseiler's Avatar
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       2 Weeks Ago #165

    Oh, that's a good one, thanks!

    I have to wonder though, just like the reg method doesn't have an effect on driver updates that happen outside of formal Windows Update, whether they'll still be able to wiggle through the metered connection trap. Worth a try when I next get the machine back.
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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       2 Weeks Ago #166

    I wouldn't put it past them still automatically being downloaded and installed, but this will hopefully help stop most at least.

    See also: Turn On or Off Device Software over Metered Connection in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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