Windows 10 is renowned for its user-friendly approach, particularly when it comes to automating tasks that were once manual. One such feature is the system’s capability to automatically fetch and install the latest drivers. Drivers, being integral to the seamless functioning of hardware, need periodic updates to optimize performance. However, while having outdated drivers might impair your system’s efficiency, the auto-update feature may not always serve users’ best interests. For some, these automated updates could lead to compatibility issues, disrupt system stability, or simply become a nuisance if they’re accustomed to manual updates. In scenarios like these, turning off the auto-update becomes imperative. This risewindows guide is curated to help you navigate through the process, elucidating the techniques to disable automatic driver updates on Windows 10. We’ll shed light on three prominent methods: the Local Group Policy Editor, the Registry Editor, and the Settings app. Let’s set the course for a more controlled update environment.
How to Disable Automatic Driver Updates on Windows 10 using Local Group Policy Editor?
Group Policy (gpedit. MSc) may be the best way to disable the automatic driver update on Windows 10. However, it is not part of the Windows 10 Home edition. So, you’ll need to enable the Group Policy Editor on your computer first. After that, you can also use the following steps:-
Step 1. Open Local Group Policy Editor.
For that, click the Start button and type group policy. In the search results, select the Edit group policy.
Alternatively, press the Windows + R keys on the keyboard to open the Run dialog box. Then, type gpedit.msc in the Run box. Finally, hit the Enter key on the keyboard or click the OK button.
Step 2. After that, browse the following path in the Local Group Policy Editor window:-
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components
Step 3. On the right side of the “Windows Components” folder, double-click on Windows Update to open it.
Step 4. Next, find the policy name “Do not include drivers with Windows Updates.” When you see it, double-click the policy to open its settings.
Step 5. Choose the Enabled option in the following window. Then, click the Apply and OK button.
Step 6. Reboot your computer or laptop to see the changes.
If you want to revert the change, update drivers through Windows Update automatically; on step 5 above, select the option “Not Configured” or “Disabled.” Then, click the Apply and OK buttons.
How to Disable Automatic Driver Updates via Registry Editor on Windows 10?
Before editing the Windows Registry, we recommend creating a system restore point. If something goes wrong on your computer, you can quickly revert your PC to its previous working state using that System restore point.
Step 1. Open the Registry Editor.
To do that, type Regedit in the Start/taskbar search field and then select the Registry Editor from the available search results.
Alternatively, press the Windows + R keys on the keyboard to open the Run command box. Type regedit and hit the Enter key on the keyboard to open the Registry Editor.
Step 3. Next, right-click the Windows folder and select New > Key. Name the newly created key as WindowsUpdate.
Step 4. Then, select the Windows Update key and right-click on the blank area on the right side. Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Rename the newly created DWORD (32-bit) as ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate.
Step 5. Then, double-click on the ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate and change its Value data from 0 to 1 to turn off automatic driver updates in Windows 10.
If you want to enable automatic driver updates again, set the value back to 0 or delete ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate.
How to Disable Automatic Driver Updates Using the Setting?
Windows 10 Settings also allows you to disable automatic driver updates through Windows Update. These are the steps:-
Step 1. Press Windows + I hotkeys to open Settings App in Windows 10.
Step 2. Then, click the System.
Step 3. Under System, select “About.”
Step 4. Then, scroll down on the right-side pane and click the link “Advanced system settings.”
Step 5. When you’re done, the System Properties dialog will appear. Navigate to the Hardware tab, and then click on the “Device Installation Settings” button.
Step 6. Next, select the radio button “No (your device might not work as expected)” in the “Device installation settings” window. Finally, click the “Save Changes” button.
Now, Windows Update will stop downloading the driver’s software for your Windows 10 computer or laptop.
Since you have stopped the driver’s update through Windows Update, you must manually update the drives or use a third-party freeware application like Double Driver or DriversBackup to automate the driver’s update process. This way, you can keep your PC components updated.
Ensuring your device drivers are up-to-date is crucial for the smooth running of your system. However, there might be instances when you need to disable automatic updates, perhaps due to compatibility issues or personal preferences. Using any of the methods mentioned above, you can have control over your driver updates in Windows 10. But remember, if you choose to disable automatic updates, make a point to occasionally check for essential driver updates manually or use third-party tools to keep your system optimized.