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How to Turn off Automatic Driver Updates in Windows 10

When you connect any new hardware device to computer, by default, Windows system will automatically try to install or update the relevant driver for the device. Most of the time, this is useful and brings convenience to the user. However, some new versions of drivers may be incompatible with the operating system and affect Windows performance. Hence, you can manually turn off automatic driver updates feature. Now this post will show you how to turn off automatic driver updates in Windows 10.  Three ways are described below.


Way 1: Turn off automatic driver updates through System Properties

Step 1: Right click on This PC and select Properties to open System window. Alternatively, you can press Win + X and then select System.

Step 2: On the System panel, click the Advanced system settings link on the left-side pane.

Step 3: After System Properties dialog opens, select the Hardware tab, and then click Device Installation Settings.

Click Device Installation Settings

Step 4: Select the option "No, let me choose what to do”, then select “Never install driver software from Windows Update", and click Save Changes.

Never install driver software

Step 5: Restart Windows 10 for the changes to take effect.

Way 2: Turn off automatic driver updates through Group Policy Editor

Step 1: Open Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2: Navigate to: Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Device Installation -> Device Installation Restrictions, then on the right-side pane double click the item "Prevent installation of devices not described by other policy settings".

prevent installation of devices not describled by other policy settings

Step 3: Select Enabled, then click Apply and click OK.

Select Enabled

Way 3: Turn off automatic driver updates through Registry Editor

Step 1: Open Registry Editor. (Type regedit in Start menu search box or Run dialog box.)

Step 2: Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> DriverSearching, then on the right-side pane double click the key "SearchOrderConfig", and change its value data from "1" to "0". Finally click OK.

Change value data to 0

Note: When the DWORD value data of the “SearchOrderConfig" key is "1", automatic driver updates is in an enabled state. When the DWORD value data "0", automatic driver updates is turned off.

Step 3: Restart Windows 10 for the changes to take effect.