If you want to stop Windows 10 from automatically updating your drivers? Actually, it’s possible and in this tutorial, you will read step by step instructions to turn off Windows 10 driver updates.
One of the complaints which I regularly hear about Windows 10 on different forums and social media’s is the compulsory delivery of Windows 10 drivers updates via Windows update. Well its really a great thing that OEM and other hadware manufacturer are delivering more of their drivers via Windows update in Windows 10. But sometimes these drivers may not be the best options for some Windows 10 users.
Although, these driver updates were compulsory for all users and cause lots of issues/distruption when universal drivers got installed on your computer and replaced the one’s users installed manually and peforming better.
The worst part of this automatically downloading of Windows 10 driver updates is that Microsoft doesn’t provides you settings or options within Windows 10 to block these drivers update. Even their are some workaround shared by howtogeek that let you uninstall and block update and drivers on Windows 10. But still its not a satisfactory solution to problem.
But with the release of Windows 10 build 14328, Microsoft included a new option into Windows 10 that let you turn off Windows 10 driver updates. By default, Windows 10 itself install universal drivers from Windows Update when available along with security fixes or patches.
In case, if you’re running Windows 10 build 14328 or above, then a new option will let you turn off driver updates in Windows 10 via Windows Updates. If you’re running Windows 10 Pro edition, then you can configure appropiate changes using a Group Policy Editor, while Windows 10 Home edition users can apply a simple registry tweak to make changes.
Turn off Windows 10 Driver Updates in Windows 10 using Group Policy Editor [Windows 10 Pro Edition]
1. Type and search for RUN in Windows 10 taskbar search and click to open the Run dialog box. Alternatively you can WIN + R key to open it.
2. Type gpedit.msc and hit enter.
3. This will open a Windows 10 Group Policy Editor. You need to navigate to:
Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update.
4. Under Windows Update locate option labeled as Do not include drivers with Windows Update and make double click on it.
5. In the next Windows, Enable this option, click on Apply and then OK.
In case you’re running edition of Windows 10 with no Group Policy Editor, then you can do the same thing just by following a registry tweak. Here is how to do it:
Turn off Windows 10 Driver Updates in Windows 10 using Registry Editor [Windows 10 Home Edition]
1. Launch Registry Editor. For that, you need to search for Registry Editor in taskbar search and open it.
2. After that, navigate to following registry:
Note: If you’re on Windows 10 build 14328 and you won’t this registry. Just create one as per requirement.
3. When WindowsUpdate is selected, On the right panel, you need to create a 32-bit DWORD value and name it ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate. You need to set its value data to 1 and click OK.
Note: If you’re using 64-bit edition of Windows 10, still you need to create 32-bit DWORD value.
4. Restart your computer
By doing this you’ve made settings in Windows 10 Anniversary Update to not install driver updates in Windows 10 via Windows Update.
Note: Above discussed method will work 100% for both Windows 10 Pro and Home edition users and let them turn off Windows 10 Driver updates.
Why don’t you try out method discussed above and let us know, if you need any help.