Monday, May 1, 2017

Stop Windows 10 From Automatically Updating Hardware Drivers

To configure Windows 10 to not automatically update hardware drivers, use the following Registry hack.  Note that driver updates may be bundled with security updates or feature updates, so this modification may not be 100% effective.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
"ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate"=dword:00000001

Certain versions of Windows 10 may allow the parameter to be set via the Local Group Policy.  Use the command “gpedit.msc” to launch the Local Group Policy Editor and navigate to the following path:

Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update

Find the entry “Do not include drivers with Windows Updates” and enable the policy.

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