How To Stop Windows Updating Drivers When You Update Your PC

Windows updates

By default, Windows updates all your PC’s drivers whenever you update your PC.

On the whole this is a good thing, however, sometimes a faulty driver update (for example to your graphics card or motherboard) can harm your entire PC.

If this happens, you have a couple of options.

You can roll back your driver to its previous version. You can do this by:

  • Opening Device Manager
  • Right-clicking the faulty driver
  • Clicking properties
  • Click the driver tab and the button to revert to the previous version

Alternatively, you can choose to skip driver updates completely whenever you update Windows.  You can do this by searching for and opening your Registry Editor. Then all you have to do is navigate through the following path by clicking the dropdown menus on the left:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

Right-click any blank area in the right-hand section, move your cursor to New, select ‘DWORD (32bit) Value’, name it ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate, then press enter.

Finally, right click this key, click modify, type 1in to the ‘value data’ field then click OK.

Close your registry editor and restart your PC.

That’s all there is to it.

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