Workaround for automatic driver updates?

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  1. Posts : 234
    Windows 10 Pro (x64)

    cereberus said:
    Does it stop Windows deciding to use its own drivers in preference to your own drivers?
    It does.
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  2. TV2
    Posts : 2,015
    W10 Pro 20H2
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    Just waiting for some updates to show to see if option 4 will work for me.

    Question: does setting my Ethernet connection to metered only affect Windows Update, or can it affect other network related traffic, like OneDrive?
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    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations

    It will affect everything that uses an internet connection without you manually performing the action. The blue note box at the top of the tutorial will help show you what's know to be affected by it.
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  4. TV2
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    W10 Pro 20H2
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    Yep, go to WU, "Check for Updates".
    All the rest is good. No problems here with any of that.

    Is there a way to get a "shortcut" tile in Start to Windows Update?
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  5. TV2
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    W10 Pro 20H2
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    "Is there a way to get a "shortcut" tile in Start to Windows Update?"

    See here:
    Solved Make a Windows Update shortcut? - Windows 10 Forums
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  6. TV2
    Posts : 2,015
    W10 Pro 20H2
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    OK, an update.
    I'm getting there - almost back to the future!

    I set my Ethernet connection to metered and it worked as advertised: Windows Update now offers the available updates but does not download or install them automatically - I have to manually start the process.

    But - I am still left with the decision to either install ALL updates, or install NO updates. Not quite what I had in mind.

    Fortunately I found a tool offered by Microsoft that will allow the user to hide selected updates. So if a driver update is offered that you do not want to install you can hide it.

    When you run this troubleshooter it will open to the first Show or Hide Updates window.
    • Be sure to click on the Advanced link near the bottom, and Uncheck "apply repairs automatically" > Next
    • Then click on the Hide Updates box
    • You will be given a list of all available updates and you can check the boxes to hide any one of them.

    If you decide to install a hidden update, just run the tool again (don't forget to uncheck "apply repairs automatically") and this time click on the Show Hidden Updates box. Very intuitive.

    While this is an extraordinarily clunky way of doing this, it does bring back almost all of the functionality of Windows 7 Updates. The only thing missing is a notification icon that new updates are available.

    Find the MS troubleshooter tool here:

    Side note: While doing the permissions part of the registry edits for metered connection you get to the part where you select FULL CONTROL. I was yelling: "Yeah Baby!"
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