Windows Update trying to downgrade Nvidia graphics driver

  1. MattMcD488's Avatar
    Posts : 88
    Windows 10 Pro x64 (Insider Beta)
       #1

    Windows Update trying to downgrade Nvidia graphics driver


    I just got the latest Nvidia graphics driver update from Nvidia Geforce Experience 2 days ago. Immediately after I installed it, Windows Update "updated" said driver to a much older version from July... It also automatically installed the Nvidia Control Panel app from the MS Store (for the DCH driver, which doesn't work because I had the standard driver installed). After this, I couldn't open Nvidia Control Panel at all. I uninstalled the driver and reinstalled the standard driver from Nvidia's website and all seemed well (I could open Nvidia Control Panel again), but immediately afterward, Windows Update tried to install the older version again. I used the Show/Hide Updates Troubleshooter to hide the update but I've read that this will only last until MS pushes a newer version.

    Why is Windows Update trying to force a driver downgrade and how do I permanently stop this for future updates?
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  2. Corona's Avatar
    Posts : 277
    Windows 10 Home 64bit
       #2

    There can be only one explanation......

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  3. FreeBooter's Avatar
    Posts : 4,070
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #3

    You can hide the driver which will stop installing.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...lling-in-windo

    You can also execute following batch script to turn off driver updates in windows update.

    Code:
    @Echo Off
    
    
    Call :NoAdmin
    
    
    
    Cls & Mode CON  LINES=11 COLS=80 & Color 0D &Title Created By FreeBooter
    Echo.
    Echo.
    Echo.
    Echo       浜様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様
    Echo        Do You Want To Turn Off Driver Updates In Windows Update (Y/N)?   
    Echo       藩様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様
    Echo.
    Echo.
    
    
    Set /p input= RESPONSE: 
    If /i  Not %input%==Y (Goto :_Ex) Else (Goto :_Start) 
    
    :_Ex
    If /i Not %input%==N  (Goto :EOF) Else (Goto :_RegRestore)
    
    
    
    :_Start
    
    Reg Add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate" /v "ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f >nul
    
    Cls & Mode CON  LINES=11 COLS=70 & Color 0D &Title Created By FreeBooter
    Echo.
    Echo.
    Echo.
    Echo       浜様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様
    Echo        The Driver Updates In Windows Update Is Now Turn Off    
    Echo       藩様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様
    Echo.
    Echo. 
    ping -n 8 localhost >nul 
    Exit
    
    
    :_RegRestore
    Reg Delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate" /v "ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate" /f >nul
    
    
    Cls & Mode CON  LINES=11 COLS=70 & Color 0D &Title Created By FreeBooter
    Echo.
    Echo.
    Echo.
    Echo       浜様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様融
    Echo        The Driver Updates In Windows Update Is Now Enabled    
    Echo       藩様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様様夕
    Echo.
    Echo. 
    ping -n 8 localhost >nul 
    Exit
    
    
    
    :NoAdmin
    Reg query "HKU\S-1-5-19\Environment"
    If Not %ERRORLEVEL% EQU 0 (
     Cls & Mode CON  LINES=5 COLS=48 & Color 0C &  Title  .....................- WARNING -.......................
     Echo.
     Echo. 
     Echo  YOU MUST HAVE ADMINISTRATOR RIGHTS TO CONTINUE 
     Pause >Nul & Exit
    )
     Cls
     Goto :eof
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  4. MattMcD488's Avatar
    Posts : 88
    Windows 10 Pro x64 (Insider Beta)
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Thanks FreeBooter, I did use the Microsoft Show/Hide Updates Troubleshooter to hide the update and I was looking for a way to prevent it from happening again the next time MS decides to try and update it. I was looking at the registry key in your batch file and that gave me the idea to go poking around in the Group Policy Editor and I found an option that sets the same key:

    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Do not include drivers with Windows Update > Enabled

    It would be nice if Microsoft would have just made that option available IN Windows Update... Anyway, thanks again for your help.
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  5. FreeBooter's Avatar
    Posts : 4,070
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #5

    We are glad to hear your issue has been resolved, thank you for letting us know that all is now well!
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