How to avoid and disable automatic driver updates in Windows 10

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These programs are constantly receiving updates that improve their functioning, although some think it is better to continue using an older version because it is more useful for them or because it is less heavy than the updated version.

An example of this can be found in Windows 10 version ; Here you can see how the program is constantly updating the system including drivers which was somewhat annoying for some as they think they were handled better before the update.



How can we avoid and disable these automatic driver updates in Windows 10? Find out with us how to do it, we will explain it to you in a simple way below.

Drivers, why are they updated?

It must be recognized that i drivers or controllers play a vital role in the optimal development of a computer system. Keeping them updated can even prevent us from suffering permanent and serious damage to our system, produced by viruses that constantly travel the web.

Likewise, they act as mediators in the communication between hardware and equipment anchored peripherals with the operating system.

By updating them we could make sure that every circulating item is recognized by these controllers and works optimally.

We would definitely like to have control over when to run this option, however Windows 10 does it automatically. Know how avoid and disable these updates there it will save you unnecessary hassle and headaches. If you have a printer, also use a drive that has nothing to do with Windows 10, if you want to prevent it from downloading updates, see this article where we solve them with an example.

What to do to stop these driver updates?

We might think then that updating drivers isn't bad, but sometimes what should be an improvement on your equipment turns out it wasn't.



To avoid updates you have to go to the " Control Panel ”And go to“ Hardware and Sound> Devices and Printers ”. Being here you will see the devices on your computer, look for the image which is shaped like a computer and right click on it.

When the options appear, click " Device installation configuration ". In the window that appears, you will see this question: "Do you want to automatically download the applications and custom icons of the manufacturer available for your device?".

We already know the answer: No. In this way we stop automatic driver updates for Windows 10 peripherals. Sometimes our PC suddenly becomes slow, and it is because an update has started, if you have noticed it, you have to learn to stop or pause it, for this inconvenience we have written a quick guide.

Can I disable automatic driver updates?

Of course yes. To do this, open the file explorer, right click where it says "This computer" and some options will appear where you need to click "Manage". This will open a section that includes everything related to PC components, system tools and various advanced services.

Go up “System tools” that is find in the left column and click Device Manager. You will see a list of devices and hardware connected to your computer in different categories.

In that area you will find those drivers that need to be updated or have problems identified by a yellow color, which serves to remind us of the malfunction they have.


By right clicking on one of them you will have the possibility to search for the new driver and update it. If not, you uninstall it and Windows will try to install it from scratch when you plug it in. Some updates carry a lot of weight, so if you want to know how much a Windows 10 update weighs, you can take a look at this article we made for you.


The fact that we can avoid and disable automatic driver updates in Windows 10 can be beneficial. Having control over them will ensure that we keep the driver that is most useful to us on our computer. We hope we were able to help you with this simple information. We would really like to hear your opinion if it was helpful to you so please leave us your comment.



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