Stop automatic Driver updates in Windows 10/8/7

While simply plugging in the device and letting Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista install the driver automatically is cool, you may for some reason prefer not to have the Driver installed automatically. You can if you wish, stop windows from installing the drivers automatically. You can stop automatic Driver updates in Windows 10/8/7. If you follow this tutorial, you can disable automatic driver installation in Windows 10, using Control Panel, Windows Registry or Group Policy Editor.

Stop automatic Driver updates

Stop automatic Driver updates

Using Control Panel

While it is recommended that you let make Windows download Drivers & Realistic Icons automatically if you wish, you can stop Windows 10/8 from automatically installing Drivers, open Control panel > Advanced System settings > Hardware tab > Device Installation settings.

You can also access it by opening Control Panel > Device & printers > Right-click the Computer under Devices and select Device Installation settings.

You will be asked, Do you want to download driver software and realistic icons for your devices?

Here select No, let me choose what to do. Click Save changes.

Using Group Policy Editor

Type gpedit.msc in start search and hit Enter to open Group Policy Editor.

Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Device Installation > Device Installation.

Now in the RHS pane double click on Prevent Installation of Devices not described by other policy settings.

Set it at Enabled. Click Apply / OK.

Using Windows Registry

If your Windows does not have Group Policy, you can navigate to the following key in Windows Registry:


Set the value of SearchOrderConfig to 0 to block driver updates. A value of 1 allows downloads of driver updates.

Restart your computer.

Disable automatic driver installation or reinstallation

If a Device Driver has already been installed and you want to remove it and then stop that particular driver from being update, do the following:

  1. Uninstall the Driver via Devices Manager
  2. Use the Show or Hide Updates Toolin Windows 10 to block the particular driver update.

Hope this helps.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. shaneration

    Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Device Installation > Device Installation.

    i dont have this i only have

    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System

  2. Justin Loebel

    The policy method suggested above will prevent any driver installation by Windows…resulting in a BSOD if you deploy a captured MDT image.

  3. DaFKa

    Yeah but it is only temporary. If you want to deactivate it, you need to follow the tutorial.

  4. Maygus

    Is there a way to have group policy set it so it goes online ONLY if not found locally?

    I’ve had some cases of hardware installations, when reconnected on a new USB try and poll online delaying the device reconnecting on new USB port.

  5. Siamak Noroozi

    I have a labview program that was using ODBC. This was working perfectly until my last windows update. NOw it is not working. Giving an error message, also saying message is reserved.

    IN one occasion said Stop MAX which I do not know what it meant.

    How can I tournament the clock back. I tried system restore. But did not help

    Any suggestions please.

  6. Siamak Noroozi

    ODBC problem in latest update. My virtual experiments using Labview stoped working. Saying ODBC issue.

    I do not know how to fix it. Any suggestion or can I download and install older version of my office excel???

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