December 13, 2016

How To Stop automatic Driver Updates In Windows 10


Stop automatic Driver updates in Windows 10 Windows 8 Windows 7

While simply plugging in the device and letting Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista install the driver automatically is cool, you may for some reason prefer to not have the Driver installed automatically. You can if you wish, stop windows from installing the drivers automatically. You can Stop automatic Driver updates in Windows 10 / 8 / 7. If you follow this tutorial, you can block Windows from automatically downloading and installing Drivers, using Control Panel, Windows Registry or Group Policy Editor.


Stop automatic Driver updates Using Control Panel:

While it is recommended that you let make Windows download Drivers & Realistic Icons automatically, if you wish, you can stop Windows 10 / 8 from automatically installing Drivers, open Control panel > Advanced System settings > Hardware tab > Device Installation settings.

You can also access it by opening Control Panel > Device & printers > Right Click the Computer under Devices and select Device Installation settings.

You will be asked, Do you want to download driver software and realistic icons for your devices?

Here select No, let me choose what to do. Click Save changes.

Using Group Policy Editor

Type gpedit.msc in start search and hit Enter to open Group Policy Editor.


Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Device Installation > Device Installation.

Now in the RHS pane double click on Prevent Installation of Devices not described by other policy settings.

Set it at Enabled. Click Apply / OK.

Using Windows Registry

If your Windows does not have Group Policy, you can navigate to the following key in Windows Registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\DriverSearching

Set the value of SearchOrderConfig to 0 to block driver updates. A value of 1 allows  downloads of driver updates.

Restart your computer.



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