How to block driver updates in Windows 10 [Quick Guide]

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How to block driver updates in Windows 10

Everybody is talking about how you should update all your drivers right after you upgrade your system to Windows 10.

But, this doesn’t have to be the truth always, because some drivers just aren’t compatible with Windows 10.

In other words, certain software updates could prevent a certain piece of hardware from working.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to block further driver updates in Windows 10.


Need more ideas on how to block Windows 10 from auto-updating specific drivers? Check out this detailed guide!


How can I stop automatic driver updates on Windows 10?

1. Use the Show or hide updates tool

Show or hide updates tool

  1. Access Microsoft’s website and download the troubleshooting tool.
  2. Run it and choose Hide updates, under Show or hide updates.
  3. Now check your driver to prevent any further automatic updates.

There was a lot of fuss when Microsoft decided to not let you control automatic updates in Windows 10 Home version.

Probably because a lot of people complained, Microsoft decided to release a troubleshooter which allows you to block automatic updates for Windows 10.

That troubleshooter still works in the full version of Windows 10, and it could be used to block automatic updates of drivers, as well.

By applying the above steps, this troubleshooter will make sure that your desired driver will stay at the current version forever.

So, if you use some older piece or hardware on a Windows 10 computer, you don’t have to worry that it will lose its functionality sometime in the future, because of the incompatible driver.

As I said, this tool doesn’t have to be used only for blocking driver updates, as it can block all other unwanted updates in Windows 10.

2. Master driver updates with the help of Driver Fusion

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Take the driver updates matter into your own hands with the help of a specialized tool known as Driver Fusion. With a comprehensive user interface, it’s easier to use than most similar tools.

Every option is straightforward and you’re in complete control over updating, restoring, or completely installing the drivers that you choose.

More precisely, feel free to download drivers from a continuously growing driver database and pick the exact version you want to install.

That’s how every single driver that ends up on your device is fully compatible with Windows 10 and errors are out of the question.

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3. Disable the update service

  1. Go to Start > type services.msc > hit Enter.
  2. Go to Windows Update service > double click on the service.stop windows update service
  3. Click on the General tab > go to Startup Type> select Disabled as shown in the screenshot below.disable windows update service
  4. Reboot your computer to stop any updates.

This method allows you to disable any updates. This includes OS updates, driver updates, software updates, and more.

4. Roll back drivers

  1. Go to Device Manager > right-click the problematic device > go to Properties.
  2. Select the Driver tab > select Roll Back Driver.

roll back display driver windows 10

If your computer already installed new driver updates, you can quickly uninstall them by rolling back drivers. Use this solution if the latest driver versions broke your machine.


Don’t know how to easily remove drivers? You can do it in no time with these great tools!


And this is how you can disable automatic driver installation in Windows 10.

How do you feel about Microsoft’s decision to prevent you from controlling updates in Windows 10? Tell us your opinion in the comments.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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