Take Again Management Over Driver Updates in Home windows 10

Forced updates are the boldest feature of Windows 10. While you no longer have to worry about updates, mandatory updates can make life difficult for those who like to tweak their system. And you are never safe from faulty updates.

If you are using non-standard hardware, this process can cause problems. In addition, drivers provided by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) are not always the best solution. If you want to keep your custom drivers or if you don't want to update a running system, we'll show you how to lock your drivers.

Undo and temporarily prevent driver updates

Microsoft admits that "in rare cases a specific driver or update can cause temporary problems with your device". Here are your options when dealing with a problematic driver or update.

Rollback driver

First of all, you need to remove the annoying driver. The best option is to roll back to the previous version. Right click on the begin Button, select Device manager, click with the right mouse button on the corresponding device, select properties, switch to the driver Tab and click the Rollback driver Button.

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When you're done, move on to blocking the automatic driver update which will inevitably be initiated during the next Windows update cycle.

Remove and replace driver

If the rollback option is not available, you can uninstall the driver and replace it with your preferred version. Before proceeding, obtain the desired driver version from the OEM or a third-party provider.

Note that some manufacturers offer utilities to uninstall old drivers to ensure a clean removal of all driver-related files from your computer.

If you need to remove the driver manually, right-click the begin Button, select Device manager, right-click the affected device and select Uninstall.

Activate the check box in the following dialog Delete the driver software for this device and confirm with OK. This will remove the driver file from Windows Update.

Next, you need to block future updates for this driver.

Block driver updates

To prevent this driver from being reinstalled the next time you run Windows Update, you can use the troubleshooter to show or hide updates.

Download and run the fix. Click on the first screen Next, then choose Hide updates, tick the driver (s) you want to hide, click Next again, and done.

You can undo this setting. Choose Show hidden updates In the troubleshooter, review the updates you want to see and click Next.

How to stop automatic driver updates

To prevent Windows 10 from automatically updating your drivers, you have several options. Note that the Local Group Policy Editor is generally not available to Windows 10 Home users.

Switchboard

For this solution you need to go to the system properties. Right click on the Windows start button and choose system. Scroll down the System Preferences menu and select Advanced system settings.

In the System Properties window, switch to the hardware Tab and click Device installation settings.

You will be asked if you would like to automatically download the manufacturers' apps and custom icons available for your devices. Choose no and save Changes.

Note that this setting will disable all of your driver updates if it works.

Local group policy editor

on Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions only, you can use the Local Group Policy Editor to completely disable updates. However, you may be able to make the Group Policy Editor available on Windows Home. Some users report that this is the only setting that worked for them. The advantage of this method is that you can also turn off updates for selected devices only.

First, you need to collect device IDs for hardware that you don't want Windows to manage for you. This can be your graphics or sound card ID.

Right click on the begin Press and select Device manager. Double-click on the respective device, switch to the details Tab and select Hardware IDs from the drop-down menu under Property. Using one of the values ​​in the next step should be sufficient.

Now let's go to the Local Group Policy Editor to exclude these devices from Windows Update.

Press Profit + r, Enter gpedit.msc, and hit Enter. Go to in your local group policy editor Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates> System> Device Installation> Device Installation Restrictions. Here, double-click the setting Prevent the installation of devices that match one of these device IDs.

Activate the setting, press the Demonstrate Key, then enter its for each device value, and finally OK all your changes.

Note: After you have restricted a driver using Group Policy Editor, you can no longer update that driver manually. To change a restricted driver, you must disable the setting in the Group Policy Editor, make your changes, and then enable the restriction again.

Alternatively, if you want to disable all driver updates, you can too Activate the setting on Prevent the installation of devices that are not described by other policy settings. However, we recommend blocking updates only for selected drivers as described above.

Registration

The Windows registry is your last resort. Press Profit + r To start the Run dialog, enter regedit, and hit Enter. Now navigate to this registry string:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion DriverSearching

Open that SearchOrderConfig Value and rate Measured value to 0. Confirm with OK and restart your computer.

Like other methods described above, this setting disables all driver updates and should only be used if Microsoft's troubleshooting does not allow you to hide certain updates from Windows Update.

Stop Windows Update

If all else fails, you can always stop Windows Update. However, you can no longer stop updates indefinitely. Microsoft has set a limit of 35 days.

To stop Windows Update, go to Settings> Update & Security> Windows Update. Your first option is to Pause updates for 7 days. This will give you (or Microsoft) a full week to sort out the problem.

If you need more time, click Expanded options, scroll down to Pause updates, and Please select a date from the drop down menu.

The maximum is 35 days. The date you choose is your Windows Update Point of No Return; You will then be forced to install any pending updates. Only after you've installed them can you pause updates again.

Keep your drivers under control

A corrupted Windows driver update can bring entire workflows to a standstill and keep you busy all day. We showed you how to prevent or reverse driver problems caused by automatic updates in Windows 10. However, this doesn't mean that all updates are bad.

Updating your drivers is essential to maintaining performance, security, and access to new features. If you block automatic updates, remember to manually check for critical driver updates from time to time.

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