Windows 10 downloads the updates automatically, including new hardware driver versions. But if you want to, you can block Windows Update from installing driver updates. Early versions of the update provided a simple graphical option on Windows 10 professional to change this setting but Microsoft chose to disable it. In this article, we will guide you through the whole procedure to stop Windows 10 from upgrading hardware drivers automatically.

Stop Windows 10 from upgrading hardware drivers automatically

To stop Windows 10 from upgrading hardware drivers automatically, follow this procedure step by step.

Method#1

Click the Search button. Type Run in the search box and then click the Run option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Run option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Write Regedit in the Open textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. As you click the OK button, the following Registry Editor screen will open.

Navigate through the following path from the left side of the screen.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

Right click on the Windows option and select the New -> Key as the following image is showing.

Rename the newly created key as WindowsUpdate as the following image is showing.

Now right click on the WindowsUpdate key and choose the New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value as the following image is showing.

Rename the newly created word as ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate as the following image is showing.

Double click the ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate option and the following dialogue box will appear.

Put 1 in the Value data textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. After this, you can close the Registry Editor screen. You may need to restart PC to apply changes.

Method#2

Click the Search button. Type Run in the search box and then click the Run option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Run option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Write gpedit.msc in the Open textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. As you click the OK button, the following Local Group Policy Editor screen will appear.

Navigate through the following path from the left pane of the screen.

Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update

As you click the Windows Update option from the left pane of the screen, the right pane shows a lot of options as the following image is showing.

Double click the Do not include drivers with Windows Updates option as highlighted in the above image. Then the following dialogue box will appear.

Select the Enabled radio button. After that click the Apply and then OK button as highlighted in the above image. Close the Local Group Policy Editor screen.

Conclusion

By following any of these procedures, you will be able to stop Windows 10 from upgrading hardware drivers automatically.

How to stop Windows 10 from upgrading hardware drivers automatically
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

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