Stop Windows Update Installing Drivers in Windows 10 [Solved]

By Camilla Mo in Technical Tips Tags: Windows 10Windows Update
Windows update will install drivers automatically if it is enabled, and it possibly provides problem drivers. In this case, you may want to install drivers manually. Here you will learn how to stop Windows installing drivers automatically in Windows 10.

There are two methods you can use. Method 1 should work for most cases. If it doesn’t work on your case, try Method 2.

Method 1: Change Device Installation Settings

Follow these steps:

1. Open Control Panel.

2. View by Small icons, click System.



3. In left pane, click Advanced system settings.



4. Go to Hardware tab. Under Device Installation Settings section, click on Device Installation Settings.



5. Select No. Then click on Save Changes.



Method 2: Change Group Policy Settings

Follow these steps:

1. Type gpedit.msc in the search box then select Edit group policy.


2. Navigate to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Device Installation -> Device Installation Restrictions.



3. In the right pane, right-click on Prevent Installation of Devices not described by other policy settings and select Edit.



4. Select Enabled and click OK button.



Note if you want to let Windows install some drivers automatically, remember to change back the settings. 

To update drivers, you can download the latest drivers from manufacturers. And if you want to save more time, you can use Driver Easy to help you.

Driver Easy has Free version and PRO version. Click here to download the Free version for a trial. If you find it useful, upgrade to the PRO version. The PRO version allows you to update all drivers with just one click. And offers you free expert tech support guarantee and 30-day money back guarantee. Just contact us for further assistance if you meet any driver issue.  And ask for a full refund if you are not satisfied with the product.

  • Larry Fick

    I have accomplished method 1 exactly as shown. Went back and checked, and my option is still in effect. Windows 10 is still installing two drivers for my keyboard and my mouse. In each of those devices, it is causing a conflict. While the unwanted keyboard driver is installed, I cannot use ASCII (ALT-Code) Characters. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eb9f375ae0ca83ae77735285cf1a218ee90dda8098124caa23c1aa7a0b303253.jpg

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Larry Fick,

      Thanks for your comment. Would you please provide us with your system information and your computer model so we could make a further check? More details about the problem would be greatly appreciated.

      You can send us the information by using Driver Easy Feedback tool, which is available in both the Free version and the Pro version.

      If you have any further questions, please leave your comment again.