How to stop Windows from installing driver updates automatically.

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Jascha Luca
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11.01.2017
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Windows 10 is quick to get on the update waggon for most things across its system, drivers included. This is generally a great feature that saves us a lot of time allowing us to go about our business never thinking twice. On rare occasions though automatic updates can be a pain in the arse. If you are having problems with some of your drivers automatically updating here is a simple way to stop them updating automatically.

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Microsoft has made sure that installing and updating drivers on Windows 10 is as automated as possible and for the most part is very good at what it does. As with all things tech though problems do arise and compatibility is forever changing so if you have stumbled across a driver issue and would like to lock in a stable version you know works, we'll show you how to turn off automatic driver updates in Windows 10.  

How to stop Windows 10 from automatically updating your Drivers from the Control Panel.

There are actually a couple of ways to turn off automatic driver updates. The first is to use the Windows 10 "Control Panel" The second is by changing information in the "System Registry" As the first option is the safest and easiest we will start with it.   

The first place we are going to go to is the “Control Panel” then into “System” you can find this with a quick search from the start menu or using the shortcut “Windows Key + X” to open the “Power User” menu, here select “System”. Both will take you to the same location.

Once you have the System menu open click “Advanced System Settings” from the bottom of the left-hand pane. Next jump over to the “Hardware Tab” and click “Device installation settings” Inside this menu select “NO (your device might not work as expected) Once you have selected this you can click to save your settings and exit out of the menus back to your desktop.

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With this minor change completed Windows 10 will no longer automatically install drivers for new devices on your computer. In order to install new devices such as printers and other peripherals, you will have to use the drivers that came with your product or visit their website to get the download file and install them manually. This will take longer but it is going to guarantee that you are only updating the drivers you want to update.

How to stop Windows 10 from automatically updating your Drivers from the Registry.

The first method is definitely the safest option to use to turn off automatic driver updates, however, if you are a thrill seeker and wish to dive into the system registry here is Option two.

Note: Making changes to the registry can cause damage to your Windows operating system if it isn’t done correctly so make sure your data is backed up and you have set a system restore point to revert back too. If you are not sure on how to create a restore point here’s a guide showing you how:

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Getting started. Open the “Run” tool using “Windows Key +R” and type "regedit" into the box then press enter. When the Windows registry is displayed in front of you navigate to the following location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\DriverSearching

With the key (folder) “DriversSearching” selected double-click on the “SearchOrderConfig” key and change the value from "1" to "0" in the pop-up box. Now you can click “ok” close the registry and restart your computer to make sure that the changes have taken place. Changing the number from 1 to 0 will block windows from asking for automatic updates.

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Note: If you aren’t a confident Windows user I would suggest sticking with the first method and using the Control Panel.

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