How to disable automatic driver installation in Windows 10.

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DOWNLOADOften, you need to use the old version of the driver, but after installing the system updates, you again and again get the unnecessary version of the driver, which, since you read it, probably causes problems. In Windows 10, there is a special parameter that you can use to change this behavior. Often an OEM driver is better, unlike the drivers installed by Windows Update, which can cause a problem. You must be logged in as an administrator to continue.

Windows 10 automatically installs drivers for your gadgets, video cards and other equipment. If it is necessary that the operating system does not automatically install device drivers, disable this feature. Below are five working methods. In addition to Windows Settings, consider how to use: Group Policy for Windows 10 Pro and Registry Editor for the Home version. (The way c registry works in any version of Windows).

In Windows 10, you can turn off automatic driver update. This is a useful feature, but a large number of users are not happy with the new versions of drivers that are installed using the Windows 10 Update Center.

Note: We must warn you that if you prevent Windows 10 from installing drivers, you need to check and install new drivers manually for all of your hardware devices. You may want to disable automatic updating of drivers for a video card, but this will also affect other drivers, for example, the sound driver.

Method 1: Disable driver updates in Windows 10 using Device Installation Options.

Step 1. Open the “This PC“, paste into the address bar and press Enter.

Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Devices and Printers

This will open the Devices and Printers section of the control panel.

Disable driver updates in Windows 10

Step 2. Expand the “Devices” section. Here you will see a list of all devices (see picture above) connected to your system, and your own system will appear as a device. It will have the same name as your computer and will be represented by the PC icon.
Step 3. Right-click on it and select “Device Installation Settings” in the context menu.

A dialog box opens asking whether you want to automatically download the manufacturers’ applications and custom icons available for your devices. It says nothing about drivers, but this setting is what you need to disable the automatic loading of drivers.

Disable driver updates in Windows 10

Step 4. Select the “No” option and click the “Save Changes” button. You will need administrator rights to save changes.

Step 5. Restart the computer.

Method 2. Disable automatic installation of the device driver using the registry.

Step 1. Open the Registry Editor application.
Press the key combination Win + R on the keyboard, the Run dialog box opens. In the line, type “regedit” without quotes and press the Enter key. Confirm the action in the account control window.
Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Device Metadata

Step 2. On the right, change or create a new 32-bit DWORD parameter named


Note: Even if you are using 64-bit Windows, you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.

Step 3. Set the value for PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork to 1, this will disable the automatic driver update feature. A value of 0 allows the system to load drivers — automatically (this is the default value).
Step 4. Restart the computer.

Method 3. Disable automatic loading of drivers in Windows 10 using the Group Policy Editor.

Step 1. Open the local group policy editor. Click the combination WIN + R and enter gpedit.msc
Step 2. In the group policy editor, go to the following path:

Computer Configurations / Administrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsWindows Update

Step 3. Find and open the option – Do not include drivers with Windows updates.

Disable automatic loading of drivers in Windows 10 using the Group Policy Editor
Step 4. The Default Policy parameter is not set, it needs to be Enabled, now Windows 10 will not automatically install drivers using the update center.
Step 5. Restart PC.

After restarting, the drivers will be excluded from the list of updates.

If you want to enable driver updates again, you can easily do this by returning the default settings.

Method 4 – Disable automatic driver updates using group policies.

Step 1. Open the local group policy editor by pressing the key combination Win + R, in the field type gpedit.msc click OK.
Step 2. In the group policy editor, go to:

Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → System → Device Installation → Device Installation Restrictions → Prevent installation of devices not described .by other policy settings.

Prevent installation of devices not described .by other policy settings

Step 3. If this option is disabled, then Windows will automatically install the driver for any device.
Step 4. Enable this option and click the Apply button.
Step 5. Now restart Windows 10, the whole system will not be able to update the driver itself.

To set a default parameter, you must set the parameter to Not Set or Disabled.