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Prevent Windows from Automatically Updating Certain Drivers | The method is quite easy.

How to Prevent Windows from Automatically Updating Certain Drivers

 Windows 10 has one downside which is that it automatically installs new updates for hardware drivers whether you want to or not. You can indeed prevent Windows from automatically updating all drivers. However, to prevent certain driver updates, you must use the Group Policy Editor.


Setting Policy to disable updates will prevent either updating drivers automatically or manually. So, if you want to update the driver, you have to disable the Policy to configure it first, then update the driver, and then set the policy again.


There are two steps to this process. First, use Device Manager to find the hardware ID, and then use the Group Policy Editor to block the installation or update of devices that match that hardware ID.


First Step: Find Hardware ID for Device in Device Manager


1. Type “device manager” in the search menu then press Enter or click “Device Manager”.


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2. In Device Manager, find the driver you want to block for auto-update. Right click and select “Properties”.


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3. In the properties window, click the “Details” tab.


4. From the “Property” drop-down menu, select “Hardware Ids” to display the associated ID.


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Now, click and select all IDs, and press Ctrl + C to copy. Open Notepad (or whatever to save the text) and press Ctrl+V to paste.



Step Two: Prevent Installation and Updating of Devices in Group Policy Editor


1. Log in with the admin account and open the Group Policy Editor by typing “gpedit.msc” in the search menu, and then press Enter.


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2. In the left pane of Group Policy, browse to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Device Installation > Device Installation Restrictions. On the right, look for the item “Prevent installation of devices that match any of these devices IDs” and double click it.


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3. In the policy window, select “Enable” then click the “show” button.


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4. Then add the hardware ID that you copied earlier. you have to copy and paste the IDs one by one into the “Value” column. When finished click OK. If you block updates for more than one driver, then keep adding all the hardware IDs until it's done.


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5. Return to the policy page, and click OK. To test this new setting, try installing an updated driver or wait for Windows Update. You will see an error message when a new driver installation is attempted.


Windows Update may download a new driver update for the device. However windows will not be able to install them, and will report installation errors in Windows Update.


If you change your mind, you can go back to the Group Policy Editor and disable the policy.

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