Part of those supposed mandatory downloads and installs have been driver updates for the third party hardware on computer systems.
While it is great that OEMs and third party hardware manufacturers are providing more of their drivers through Windows Update in Windows 10, there are many times these drivers may not be the best option for some users.
One of the Windows 10 related complaints I hear regularly on Super Site for Windows and through social media is the mandatory delivery of universal drivers through Windows Update.
We already know that OS updates are obligatory for all Windows Home users and can be deferred for different periods of time for those on Windows 10 Professional & Enterprise.
Intel provides generic versions of drivers for general purposes.
Your computer manufacturer may have altered the features, incorporated customizations, or made other changes to your driver.
However, since updates were mandatory it caused a lot of disruption/issues when the universal drivers got installed and replaced better performing drivers the user had manually installed on their system.
Of course, if you opt to turn off automatic driver updates for your hardware that means you must manually find those updated drivers yourself from the manufacturer.Buy Driver Easy now, and say goodbye to driver headaches and delays forever. You’ll be using it in just a couple of minutes, and it will have found all your drivers a couple of minutes after that. They do this by scaring you with threats of blue screens and system problems.Even if a driver-updating tool worked perfectly and the company behind it didn’t seem unbelievably sleazy, they wouldn’t be worth your time — much less your money. We’ve seen advertisements for a “Driver Update Utility” from all over the place recently.And if you don’t like it, tell us within 30 days, and we’ll give you your money back. Like PC-cleaning programs, they try to charge you money for a service you don’t need.There’s no possible way we have “ancient” drivers from 2006 installed.If you try to update your drivers, you’re told that the installed drivers “can cause problems, system slowdowns and bluescreen errors.” This is technically true, but very unlikely.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 Device Installation. Using Windows Registry If your Windows does not have Group Policy, you can navigate to the following key in Windows Registry: Anand Khanse is the Admin of The Windows Club.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP.Now in the RHS pane double click on Prevent Installation of Devices not described by other policy settings. 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.It then attempts to install other junk software you won’t want.After installation, Driver Update ran a scan and informed us that our computer had 14 out-of-date drivers, many of which are considered “ancient.” This is on a fresh Windows 8.1 system — installed just a few months ago — with the latest drivers available from the manufacturer’s website at the time.You can stop automatic Driver updates in Windows 10/8/7.