Disable Auto-Downloading of Device Drivers in Windows 10

One of the problems that some of the users faced after upgrading their Windows 7 or 8.1 systems to Windows 10 was that the device driver software installed through Windows Automatic Update was not really working and in some instances these drivers were actually causing Windows to crash sporadically. One solution for this is to prevent some of the selected updates from being installed in Windows 10 using a tool released by Microsoft. But if you already plan to manually install the device driver software downloaded from the websites of the respective device manufacturers, then you can disable auto-downloading of device driver software in Windows 10 altogether. Here is how:

  1. Press the hotkey Windows logo key+Pause to open the System Properties window.
  2. Click on Advanced System Settings displayed to the left in the System Properties window.Windows Disable Device Driver Software Automatic Update
  3. Select Hardware tab in the small window that opens up and then click on the Device Installation Settings button.Windows Disable Device Driver Software Automatic Update
  4. In the new window that shows up, first select No, let me choose what to do and then choose Never install driver software from Windows Update.Windows Disable Device Driver Software Automatic Update
  5. Click on the Save Changes button to save the settings.

You can prevent Windows Update from auto-download device driver software for your devices if you already have downloaded the latest drivers from the OEM website. This way Windows Update won’t be able to install its own device drivers and you can prevent unwanted system crashes.