How to block automatic driver update in Windows 10: - Driver updates are also performed alongside system updates when Windows performs an update on Windows 10. This is not considered desirable by many users as they wish to specially select drivers for them and do not tolerate updating drivers by Windows. have installed. So what's the solution? There is an ID associated with each controller in the system. Therefore, you can use these IDs to specifically block automatic updates for a drive. Read on to learn how to hack this simple trick.
- First, make the desired driver available on your local disk. You can download it if you want. Then disconnect from the internet.
- Now we need to get rid of the driver that Windows installed for us and install the desired driver. For this, launch Device Administrator by typing device administrator in Cortana's search box and selecting Device Administrator search results program.
- Once the Device Administrator window opens, locate the driver. In the screenshot below, I have selected Dell Touch Panel. Right-click the selected driver and click Properties (edit).
- Now click on Adapter Details in the Controller Properties window. There will be a drop down menu associated with an option called Properties. Click the down arrow to select Hardware Identifiers from the drop-down menu.
- Now in the Value field, you will be able to see the hardware IDs of the selected drive. Select all these identifiers and copy them by pressing CTRL + A and then CTRL + C.
- Paste these values into some file. I used a notepad file for this purpose. Save this file somewhere on your system.
- Now you need to uninstall the old driver and install the desired driver. For this, open Device Administrator and locate your drive as before. Right-click on the selected drive and then click Update Driver Software in the context menu that appears.
- Click on the option that says Search my computer for driver software.
- In this step, you can browse your system files to find the driver you have already downloaded from the first step. Once done, click the Next button.
- Next, we need to make sure Windows doesn't update the newly installed driver every time. For this, press WIN + R keys together and open Run command window. Type gpedit.msc and hit OK button.
- Now in the left pane of the window, you will find yourself under the heading called Device Installation Restrictions. In the right pane of the window, double-click the entry titled Avoid installing devices that match any of these device IDs.
- Check the radio button corresponding to enabled as shown in the screenshot.
- Now under the Choices section, click the Show button. A new window called Show content will open.
- Then, open the previously saved notepad file which has the hardware IDs of the device driver we have selected. Copy the contents one by one and paste them on the deposited value in the Show Contents window as shown in the screenshot. Once done, click the OK button.
You can now reconnect to the internet. The above steps will block driver updates for the selected drivers; which includes manual and automatic updating. So even if you want to manually update the driver later, you will need to check the radio button corresponding to Disabled in the thirteenth step. Hope you found the article useful.