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Disable automatic driver updates in Windows 10

One of the most frequently heard complaints about Microsoft's Windows 10 is the forced download and installation of driver updates through Windows Update. In previous versions of Windows you were presented with a list of (driver) updates and could uncheck an update if you wanted to. While this change might seem useful for users that never update their drivers, there are several reasons why you do not want Microsoft to control the drivers that are installed on your computer, such as:

  • You want to use an older driver because it works better.
  • You have software installed that relies on another driver.
  • You encountered system problems caused by the driver from Windows Update.
  • You have a newer driver than the driver provided through Windows Update.

Because all driver updates are enforced by Microsoft, you cannot roll back to a previous version as Windows Update will download and install the driver again.

With Driver Fusion you can disable automatic and mandatory driver updates in Windows 10. This feature also works in Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1. Once you have opened Driver Fusion, go to the settings 1 and select the advanced settings 2. You can then change how Windows driver updates are installed by changing the setting in 3 to Never install driver software from Windows Update 4. After you have changed this setting you will have to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Disable automatic updates
Changing how Windows driver updates are installed.

Unfortunately, some driver updates that are already discovered by Windows Update might still be installed after this change. This does not happen on every computer and you only need to continue with this guide in case a driver is still being installed without your consent. In order to prevent such drivers from being installed you can download the Show or hide updates troubleshooter package from Microsoft.

Show or hide updates
Using the show or hide updates troubleshooter from Microsoft.

Once you have opened the troubleshooter, select Advanced 1, make sure Apply repairs automatically is checked 2 and select Next. The next screen will ask you if you want to Hide updates or Show hidden updates. You should select the Hide updates 3, unless you want to undo an update that you have hidden. The troubleshooter will now scan your computer for available updates and show you a list of updates that can be hidden 4. Make sure that you only select driver updates and ignore all regular Windows updates. Even though the troubleshooter can hide these updates as well, we do not recommend this as regular updates often contain software and security fixes. Once you have selected the driver updates that you want to hide, click on Next and then Close. Even though it is not necessary for most computers, we recommend you to restart your computer. Future updates that are added to Windows Update should be hidden automatically by the change made in Driver Fusion.

The first two weeks: thank you.

It has been 16 days since the launch of Driver Fusion on the 12th of July and everything went really great. We were able to fix initial problems fast with the release of Driver Fusion 1.1.1 only a few days later. As a start-up company we've learned a lot in the past two weeks. This was our first official product release and Driver fusion is already being downloaded around once a minute on average!

We really enjoyed the correspondence in the last two weeks. We were amazed about the nice emails that we received and it was good to see that people know how to reach us. The questions that we received through email and social media allowed us the help you, the users, fast and reliably but also provided us with valuable feedback about what we can improve at our end. There were even those that went beyond asking a question and took the effort to think along with us and gave great suggestions. We are working hard to incorporate all the great ideas. Thank you (you know your name ;-) ) again for taking the time and effort, we cannot stress enough how much we appreciate your help.

Besides providing support we already started the development of a new Driver Fusion release. The ideas for the next releases are thus far:

  • Improve keyboard assistance (this includes being able to press enter to sign in!)
  • The current solution has virtualization (<- makes things a lot faster) problems on certain configurations. We are unable to reproduce the problem on our test systems but the amount of reports is high enough to justify looking for an alternative method. This should resolve the rare cases in which Driver Fusion still stopped working after the 1.1.1 update.
  • Support for even more system drivers, with Logitech sound being one. Printer system drivers support is also something that we want to add.
  • Double-click on system driver entries to open Windows Explorer or Regedit so that you can directly go to the source of the system driver entry.
  • Improve language support. We already have help with improving the Polish translation but we would really like to improve the other translations as well.
  • Better differentiation in the interface between account registration and verification.
  • Notification in Device Control when an action requires a reboot of your operating system.
  • The ability to resend  the account verification code in case the user doesn't receive the email.
  • Complete backup for all OEM drivers to ease reinstall of your operating system.
  • The ability to generate reports of the collected driver information.

You will probably have some ideas yourself about what should be added to or changed in Driver Fusion. Please let us know so that we can give you your desired functionality in the new releases. It can be as easy as making a Tweet or writing on our Facebook wall. If you need a more elaborate platform to present your grand ideas then you can of course also email us or create a post on the Treexy forum.

Thanks again for all your support and don't forget the 25% off Driver Fusion coupon which can only be used on 100 orders (there are still some left)!

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