Is there any way to prevent automatic driver updates?

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  1. Posts : 541
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit 19042.1415
       #1

    Is there any way to prevent automatic driver updates?


    Hey,
    is there any way to prevent automatic driver updates in Windows 10, except disconnecting internet? But than, after you enable it, still other drivers/software components install automatically and prompt from mouse drivers keeps popping up from time to time, i don't want to use them... I tried regedit/gpedit and everything i found. Nothing worked so far... I know about 1 thing, you can block driver installation, if you put driver id to gpedit. But that isn't solution for everything...
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  2. Posts : 34,884
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Hi, the tutorial section is an excellent place to start:
    Enable or Disable Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10
    Prevent Windows Update from Updating Specific Device Driver

    - but bear in mind in a few cases the driver update may be independent of Windows Update.

    Here's a searchable linear list of tutorials to bookmark:
    Windows 10 Tutorial Index
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  3. Posts : 7,451
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #3

    I have used Windows Update MiniTool to hide all unwanted drivers.



    empleat said:
    you can block driver installation, if you put driver id to gpedit.
    I cannot do so because I use Windows 10 Home. Fortunately, I need not do so.
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  4. Posts : 39,954
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #4

    There was a TF thread in the last 12 months where the success of the steps in these tutorials was limited.
    If you can search for this thread there will be additional information.

    This tutorial is in addition to those posted by dalchina.
    Turn On or Off Device Driver Automatic Installation in Windows 10

    This tutorial is commonly used:
    Enable or Disable Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10

    If no solutions are found and still needed please use the Microsoft feedback hub:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...edback-hub-app
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  5. Posts : 34,884
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #5

    @zbook- are you thinking of the Nvidia case where the driver update wasn't handled in the normal way?
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  6. Posts : 39,954
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #6

    There were posts within this thread: Enable or Disable Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10

    There were two posters commenting about problems with results.
    Maybe they found solutions?

    Posts #220 onward.
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  7. Posts : 541
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit 19042.1415
    Thread Starter
       #7

    zbook said:
    There was a TF thread in the last 12 months where the success of the steps in these tutorials was limited.
    If you can search for this thread there will be additional information.

    This tutorial is in addition to those posted by dalchina.
    Turn On or Off Device Driver Automatic Installation in Windows 10

    This tutorial is commonly used:
    Enable or Disable Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10

    If no solutions are found and still needed please use the Microsoft feedback hub:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...edback-hub-app
    I already tried all of this, except 2 regedit entries and it didn't work. I don't think there is any solution to this at all. Even one utility called ddu: has some button to disable automatic driver updates. So after it uninstalls nvidia drivers for you, microsoft pre-installed drivers won't automatically install. But even that doesn't work - not sure.Because they recommend: just to yank the ethernet cable I thought maybe some power user would have perhaps solution. But it seems, there is no way... Except:

    I know about entry, that can block driver installation called: "prevent installation drivers matching this id". But that works only, if you don't won't any driver installed, because if you keep it enabled. You won't be able to install your driver than, it will block the installation!

    I can't post feedback, i don't have feedback hub LOL. Not that microsoft would care anyways...
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  8. Posts : 39,954
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #8

    There are non-Microsoft drivers that are installed during a clean install.
    Which driver is problematic?
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  9. Posts : 34,884
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #9

    I already tried all of this, except 2 regedit entries and it didn't work
    - in what way and for what particular driver or drivers?

    There was a problem at one point with an Nvidia driver update which did not conform to normal rules.

    Some things update independendently of Windows Update.
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  10. Posts : 1,806
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1 19043.1348
       #10

    empleat said:
    I already tried all of this, except 2 regedit entries and it didn't work.
    Hi empleat.

    Could you please clarify the statement above? It would appear that you're attempting to disable automatic driver updates yet you have not tried option 2 here, is that correct?

    If you have concerns about tweaking the registry, just create a backup copy first and use the automatic file listed in Brink's tutorial. I can post directions on exporting the registry files, if you would feel more comfortable with the process.

    I'm not positive if I changed that registry setting myself or if it was set as a result of installing Matthew Wau's tweak to disable Windows update.

    Regardless, the DWORD PreventDeviceMetaDataFromNetwork on my pc is set to 0 and as far as I know, the only driver updates I've received since are the ones I accepted from wumt.
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