How to Disable Automatic Driver Downloads on Windows 10

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Buried deep within the old Control Panel, Windows 10 still has the option to avoid installing drivers as part of Windows Updates. For most of us, the drivers are a welcome addition to keep things running smoothly, but the tinkerers out there like things a certain way, and updating a driver might change previously stored settings.

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1. Right click the Start button and select Control Panel.

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2. Make your way to System and Security.

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3. Click System.

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4. Click Advanced system settings from the left sidebar.

advanced system settings

5. Select the Hardware tab.

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6. Press the Device Installation Settings button.

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7. Choose No, and then press the Save Changes button.

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7 comments
  • Frustrated Says:

    Another reason for disabling updates is if a Windows 10 update fails when installing and causes the computer not to boot. This is a big problem which is out of most people's control, especially when Microsoft techs are saying, "We don't have a solution for this update issue, but will be working on a patch." Then Windows updates need to be disabled until the problem can be solved. But when the options for disabling driver updates get smaller and smaller, it's almost like they don't want you to solve this yourself and just wait for their fix. Thanks a lot Microsoft, Ugh

  • Kognyto Says:

    Doesn't work. Windows still automatically installs drivers despite changing this setting (touchpad for me).

  • Anonymous Says:

    You can cut out half the steps by hitting the START button, typing in 'This PC' and right click 'This PC' and select 'Properties'

  • Psi Star Says:

    Windows 10 continues to update video drivers even when device installation settings is "No".

  • Bryan Says:

    Tried this on my Lenovo Y50-70 due to only a certain driver not giving me display problems and it doesn't work, Windows continues to update my video drivers.

  • Rex R Says:

    Good catch Adam. The article needs to clarify or this is useless.

  • Adam Krause Says:

    Nothing on these windows says "drivers".

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