Workaround for automatic driver updates?

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  1. TV2
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    W10 Pro 20H2
       #1

    Workaround for automatic driver updates?


    Is there a way to stop Windows update from installing driver updates in Windows 10 HOME?

    Today I was working on some audio rendering on my laptop and the PC started freezing with multiple TDR errors - right in the middle of the job.
    Windows had updated my graphics driver and a restart was necessary to get back functionality. All was fine afterward, but I lost my work and had to redo it.

    This is INSANE!

    I had forgotten to disable Windows Update in Services, so OK - my fault. But still, how can this be a good idea?
    I'm checking here to see if anyone has come up with a third party solution yet.

    At the least I'd like to add my 2 cents to the list of people complaining to Microsoft about this. What is the most effective way to contact them?

    Thanks.
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  2. Posts : 61,868
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #2

    Hello TV2, :)

    If you like, you could use OPTION FOUR in the tutorial below to disable automatic updates by setting your internet connection to be metered.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/8...dows-10-a.html
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  3. Posts : 52
    Windows 10
       #3

    In addition to Brink's post you may want to look at this

    http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/deta..._minitool.html

    I cannot comment on how well it works since I have not tried it but did see it posted somewhere on this forum....
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  4. TV2
    Posts : 2,015
    W10 Pro 20H2
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Brink said:
    Hello TV2, :)

    If you like, you could use OPTION FOUR in the tutorial below to disable automatic updates by setting your internet connection to be metered.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/8...dows-10-a.html
    I actually already use Method 5 from that tutorial Brink!
    But it does not help to stop updates from installing the next time you activate it, and there are important updates we don't want to miss.
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  5. TV2
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    W10 Pro 20H2
    Thread Starter
       #5

    WildOne said:
    In addition to Brink's post you may want to look at this

    http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/windows_update_minitool.html

    I cannot comment on how well it works since I have not tried it but did see it posted somewhere on this forum....
    That looks promising. I will check it out.

    I did find an interesting workaround offered by Microsoft (funny!). I am testing that now. I will post back if it works as I expect it to.
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  6. Posts : 61,868
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #6

    If you like, give OPTION FOUR a try instead. It'll disable automatic updates so you will be able to install them when you like, and give you a change to hide the ones you don't want to install.
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  7. Posts : 234
    Windows 10 Pro (x64)
       #7

    There is a means to do so. From system properties, the window that lets you adjust the page file, in the hardware tab. Once I get onto a computer I can be more exact. However, there is an option for turning off automatic driver installation / updates.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...dows-10-a.html
    Last edited by Brink; 04 Feb 2016 at 08:57. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  8. TV2
    Posts : 2,015
    W10 Pro 20H2
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Brink said:
    If you like, give OPTION FOUR a try instead. It'll disable automatic updates so you will be able to install them when you like, and give you a change to hide the ones you don't want to install.
    I'll try it out, Thanks!
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  9. TV2
    Posts : 2,015
    W10 Pro 20H2
    Thread Starter
       #9

    logicearth said:
    There is a means to do so. From system properties, the window that lets you adjust the page file, in the hardware tab. Once I get onto a computer I can be more exact. However, there is an option for turning off automatic driver installation / updates.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...dows-10-a.html
    Thanks to you both!
    I have been doing that, but of course, there are some driver updates I wouldn't mind getting, others I do not want to change.

    Just looking for more user control of Windows 10. It's like owning a Mac sometimes.....
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  10. Posts : 13,684
    Windows10
       #10

    logicearth said:
    There is a means to do so. From system properties, the window that lets you adjust the page file, in the hardware tab. Once I get onto a computer I can be more exact. However, there is an option for turning off automatic driver installation / updates.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...dows-10-a.html
    Does it stop Windows deciding to use its own drivers in preference to your own drivers?
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