Block Driver Updates In Windows


Block Driver Updates In Windows

These methods will prevent the automatic updates for all the drivers.

Use Group Policy

The Group Policy feature is available in the Pro and Enterprise editions, while Home edition users will need to add it.

First, open Group Policy. Searching for it via de Start menu works well.

Navigate to the “Windows Update” folder in Group Policy. Follow this path:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update

Select the “Windows Update” folder.

In the right-hand section, search for “Do not include drivers with Windows Updates”. Double click it to open the setting.

Select the radio button next to “Enabled”.

Click “OK” to save the settings.

Now the drivers won’t update.

To undo the changes, and have the drivers update, follow the above steps and set the setting to either “Not Configured” or “Disabled”.

Use Registry Editor

Just in case something goes wrong, backup the Registry.

Open the Registry Editor. Search for it or run it from program launch menu: Press Windows key + R to bring up the menu. Then type “regedit” and click “OK” to launch it.

In the Registry Editor, navigate to the Windows key. Follow this path:


Right click the “Windows” key, and in the menu open “New” and then click “Key”.

Name the new key “WindowsUpdate”.

Make sure the new key is selected.

In the right-hand panel, right click on the empty area, open the “New” menu, and click “DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Once created, rename it to “ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate”

Double click on the new value. Enter “1” in the “Value data” field. Click “OK”.

Now the drivers won’t update. To enable the updates, follow the same steps but set the value to “0” in the “Value data” field.

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