How to Disable Automatic Driver Installation in Windows?

Automatic driver installation in Windows is a very convenient feature that makes installing and maintaining the operating system easy and hassle-free, especially for inexperienced customers. Install Windows, connect to the internet, and run Windows Update to get all the needed drivers. Still, sometimes you might want to disable automatic driver installation in Windows 10 and 11. For example, when the operating system tries to download a faulty or outdated driver. Also, some users might prefer a specific driver version due to missing features in newer releases.

Whatever your reasoning behind the decision to disable Windows driver updates, here is how to do that.

Disable Automatic Driver Updates in Windows 10/11

This article applies to Windows 10 and 11. Although these operating systems have different settings UIs, we use universal methods to disable automatic driver installations and updates.

  1. Press Win + R to launch the Run dialog box and type the systempropertieshardware command. You can copy-paste it to save some time.
  2. In the new window, click Device Installation Settings below the Device Manager section. disable automatic driver installation windows 10
  3. Click No (Your device might now work as expected) and then Save Changes. Note that this action requires administrator privileges. If your account has no such rights, Windows will ask you to enter the administrator password on the user account control screen. disable windows driver update

It is worth noting that disabling automatic driver installation and updates in Windows 10 or 11 might cause issues for devices that do not support plug-and-play. In such a case, ensure you have the driver on hand; otherwise, your device will not work.

Disable Automatic Driver Updates for a Specific Device in Windows

The method above applies to all devices connected to your computer. That might not satisfy all customers who want to know how to disable automatic driver installation in Windows 10 and 11. Fortunately, you can turn off driver updates for a specific device.

  1. Press Win + R and type devmgmt.msc to launch Device Manager.
  2. Find the device whose driver you want to prevent from updating automatically—for example, a Bluetooth adapter.
  3. Right-click the device and select Properties. disable automatic driver updates windows 10
  4. Switch to the Details tab and select Hardware IDs from the Property list. disable windows update drivers
  5. Copy the available values and paste them into Notepad or any other text editor.
  6. Now you close Device Manager.
  7. Press Win + R and type gpedit.msc. Note that this utility is available only in Windows Professional and Enterprise.
  8. Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Device Installation > Device Installation Restrictions. turn off automatic driver updates windows 10
  9. Open the Prevent installation of devices that match any of these device instance IDs rule.
  10. Click Enabled, then click Show. stop windows 10 driver update
  11. Paste the previously copied values into the new window. stop automatic driver updates windows 10
  12. Click Ok to save the changes.

Now let us show you how to disable automatic driver updates in Windows 10 and 11 Home, which lacks Group Policy Editor.

Disable Automatic Driver Updates in Windows 10/11 Home

  1. Repeat steps 1-6 from the previous section.
  2. Press Win + R and type regedit.
  3. Go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.
  4. Right-click the Windows folder and select New > Key. disable windows 10 driver update
  5. Rename the new key to DeviceInstall.
  6. Right-click the DeviceInstall folder and select New > Key.
  7. Rename the new key to Restrictions.
  8. Right-click the Restriction folder and select New > Key.
  9. Rename the new key to DenyDeviceIDs.
  10. Now open DenyDeviceIDs and select Edit > New > String Value.
  11. Rename the new value to 1 (the following values must be +1, i.e. 2, 3, 4, etc).
  12. Open the new value and paste the device ID.
  13. Click Ok to save the changes.

That is how you disable automatic driver updates in Windows 10/11.

Cyril Kardashevsky

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