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    Enable or Disable Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Including Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10
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    20 Mar 2017
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    How to Enable or Disable Including Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10

    information   Information
    By default, Windows 10 will automatically download and install drivers in Windows Update when they are available.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 14328, there's a new policy included that you can use to enable or disable to include drivers with Windows updates. This can be handy if you prefer to download and install your drivers from the device manufacturer instead.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 15002, Microsoft has added an option in Settings that will now allow you to turn on or off including driver updates when you update Windows.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable including driver updates in Windows Update in Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Eduction edtions.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to enable or disable including driver updates in Windows Update.

    Note   Note
    While this is suppose to prevent all drivers from being included in Windows Update, some people are reporting that they are still having some drivers available.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn On or Off Including Driver Updates in Windows Update in Settings
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Including Driver Updates in Windows Update using a REG file
    • Option Three: To Enable or Disable Including Driver Updates in Windows Update using Group Policy
    • Option Four: To Enable or Disable Including Driver Updates in Windows Update using a REG file




    Enable or Disable Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Including Driver Updates in Windows Update in Settings

    Note   Note
    This option is no longer available starting with Windows 10 build 15019.


    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

    2. Click/tap on Windows Update on the left side, and click/tap on the Advanced options link under Update settings on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Check (on - default) or uncheck (off) Include driver updates when I update Windows under Choose how updates are installed for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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    4. You can now close Settings if you like.





    Enable or Disable Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Including Driver Updates in Windows Update using a REG file

    Note   Note
    This option is no longer valid starting with Windows 10 build 15019.

    The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings

    ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate DWORD

    0 = On
    1 = Off


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


     2. To Turn On Including Driver Updates in Windows Update

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

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

    Turn_on_include_drivers_in_Windows_Update.reg

    download


     3. To Turn Off Including Driver Updates in Windows Update

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

    Turn_off_include_drivers_in_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 now delete the downloaded .reg file.





    Enable or Disable Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Enable or Disable Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10
    To Enable or Disable Including Driver Updates in Windows Update using Group Policy

    Note   Note
    Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Four below to set this policy.


    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update

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    3. In the right pane of Windows Update in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Do not include drivers with Windows Updates policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Enable Including Driver Updates in Windows Update

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.


     6. To Disable Including Driver Updates in Windows Update

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






    Enable or Disable Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Enable or Disable Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10
    To Enable or Disable Including Driver Updates in Windows Update using a REG file

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

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

    ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate DWORD

    (delete) = Enable
    1 = Disable


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


     2. To Enable Including Driver Updates in Windows Update

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

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

    Enable_Drivers_in_Windows_Update.reg

    download


     3. To Disable Including Driver Updates in Windows Update

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

    Disable_Drivers_in_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. Restart the computer to apply.

    8. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1. johngalt's Avatar
    Posts : 542
    WinX Pro x64 IP v14986
       24 Apr 2016 #1

    Awesome. A lot easier to handle via GP than sifting through the strings panel, even with Search.
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  2. Night Hawk's Avatar
    Posts : 3,337
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       24 Apr 2016 #2

    I like the "Do not include drivers with Windows updates" option there! Too often the 10 upgrade or clean install will simply grab the first available but not the actual working driver sets. Had to look up 8.1 64bit drivers from support sites to see working results on some older expansion cards here. But this will also make for selective updates as well as not seeing any like a build change if not opting for the Slow ring as far as the Insider builds go.
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  3.    25 May 2016 #3

    Fantastic guides Thank you so much .
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  4. rseiler's Avatar
    Posts : 43
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64
       03 Jul 2016 #4

    Does anyone happen to know if this also precludes updating a driver manually via Device Manager (not talking here of using your own drivers), or is this strictly for the formal Windows Update only? It would be nice if it didn't affect DM, but it probably taps the same source, so it's hard to know.
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  5. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 18,971
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15063
       03 Jul 2016 #5

    Hello rseiler,

    This policy will only affect having drivers available in Windows Update.
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  6. rseiler's Avatar
    Posts : 43
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64
       03 Jul 2016 #6

    Good to hear, thanks!
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  7. Night Hawk's Avatar
    Posts : 3,337
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       04 Jul 2016 #7

    I have an even more interesting problem to work out on the latest 7 to 10 upgrade being seen. On a sibling's mini tower similar to the second test pc here but with an older Asus board forget even getting online! The original ISP was Netzero dial-up and even the usb WiFi adapter couldn't be made to work before the upgrade went on 7 while that is used for the 7 side on the second pc.

    The onboard Lan is out as well. It the board won't take a Cat 5 RJ-45 size plug. Will now have to use a ethernet to usb adapter in a couple to see about getting the 10 upgrade activated as well as manually tracking down the possible 8.1 x64 driver sets for onboard sound, chipset, etc. When no 10 drivers are to be found that is the closest alternative to use.
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  8.    24 Jul 2016 #8

    Hi Brink, I found this perhaps the real & only solution to blocking unwanted driver updates onto an upgraded Win10 from Win7 or 8. I spent a full week trying the stop the forced nVidia GeForce G210M driver download/install which turn the screen blank - thus making any attempt to remove the driver update impossible. The Win10 Home edition does not have "gpedit.msc' capability to block driver installation based on hardware Id. And changing HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\DriverSearching to "0" does NOT block driver download/install either. I spent over 8 hours to test and verify the exact moment when the new G210M driver (actually 2 with different dates) were downloaded and crashed the display. That supposed to work as you pointed out in another thread <https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/15989-device-driver-automatic-installation-turn-off-windows-10-a.html> and many others.

    I set up my other laptop (Win10 Home) with only WiFi connection and turn on "metered connection" to hold off all waiting downloads. But, I cannot get rid of the G210M drivers and allow others to go through. The "Hide or Show Updates" troubleshooter does not work either.

    I am going to test your solution, and would appreciate some explanation on what it does to Registry. Many users don't know what Registry is, and can be dangerous if not done correctly. I also checked my Win10 Pro registry. There is no ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate key. I need to understand this wonderful solution.

    PS. Using old cars as analogy to older Windows, drivers are like internal gears and moving parts. Now Microsoft is forcing all older gears and moving parts to fit Win10 power train. What's the point, if the updated drivers break Win 10? And what Microsoft will gain from migrating older Windows only to crash working PCs - even it is free until 7/29/2016? No one would buy unfit parts to fix cars. I fortunately made backup and can recover.

    Thanks!
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  9. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 18,971
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15063
       24 Jul 2016 #9

    Hello BlindUpgrader, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    If you haven't already, you should be able to use OPTION ONE below to disable automatic updates to be able to hide the driver for now. I find setting you Internet connection to be metered in step 1 works best.

    Windows Updates - Hide or Show in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    Last edited by Brink; 24 Jul 2016 at 22:00. Reason: Correction
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