4 Effective Methods to Disable Automatic Driver Updates on Windows 10/11

Have you ever encountered the frustrating situation where Windows installs the wrong drivers for your system? This is a common issue that can affect not only GPU drivers but also drivers for other devices on your computer. In this article, we will discuss four effective methods to disable automatic driver updates on your Windows 10 and 11 computers. By doing so, you will have more control over when and how you upgrade your drivers, minimizing the risk of errors and compatibility issues.

What Are Drivers?

Before we dive into the methods, let's first understand what drivers are. Drivers are specialized software that allows your computer's hardware components to communicate with the operating system. They enable your hardware to run, operate, and perform its functions optimally. For example, when you connect a keyboard to your computer, Windows will look for the necessary drivers to establish communication between the operating system and the keyboard.

Different Hardware Components Require Different Drivers

Drivers are specific to different hardware components and are developed by the device manufacturers. You can find all the drivers installed on your computer listed under Device Manager. These include drivers for biometric devices, display adapters, keyboards and mice, system firmware, networking drivers, and more.

Why You May Need to Disable Automatic Driver Updates

Before we proceed with the methods, it's important to consider the pros and cons of disabling automatic driver updates:


  • Increased system stability: Pre-existing drivers are tested by the manufacturer to ensure optimal performance.
  • Time-saving for system admins: Disabling automatic driver updates prevents random issues and saves time when managing multiple computers.
  • Ability to choose specific drivers: You can cherry-pick the drivers you want to use and update them directly from the manufacturer.


  • Outdated drivers: Disabling automatic updates may leave your system with outdated drivers, potentially affecting performance.
  • Manual driver maintenance: You will need to take responsibility for manually updating and maintaining drivers.
  • Non-functioning hardware: Until the appropriate drivers are installed, certain hardware may not function properly.

How to Disable Automatic Driver Updates on Windows 10/11

Now let's explore the four effective methods to disable automatic driver updates on your Windows 10 and 11 computers.

1. Disable During GPU Driver Installation

This method is specifically for users who want to perform a clean installation of their graphics card driver without interruption from Windows.

  1. Download the correct driver for your graphics card.
  2. Open the driver installer but do not proceed with the installation immediately.
  3. Look for custom installation options provided by the manufacturer. For NVIDIA, select “Perform a clean installation” and click “Next” to start the installation.
  4. For AMD Radeon drivers, check the “Factory Reset” option.
  5. For Intel Graphics Driver, check the “Execute a clean installation” option.

2. Disable Search for Automatic Driver Updates in Advanced System Settings

Follow these steps to disable automatic driver updates through the advanced system settings:

  1. Click the Windows button and type “Advanced System Settings”.
  2. Select “View advanced system settings”.
  3. In the Advanced System Settings window, click on the “Hardware” tab.
  4. Click on “Device Installation Settings”.
  5. Select the “No (your device might not work as expected)” option.
  6. Click “Save Changes”.

3. Edit Windows Update Settings From Registry Editor

If you prefer to edit the registry, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows button and search for “regedit”.
  2. Open the Registry Editor.
  3. Navigate to the following folder: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsUpdateUXSettings
  4. Find the key labeled “ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate” and right-click on it.
  5. Click “Modify”.
  6. Set the “Value data” to 1 and select “Hexadecimal”.
  7. Click “OK” to save the changes.

4. Disable Automatic Driver Updates From Group Policy Editor (Windows 10/11 Pro Users Only)

Please note that this method is only available for Windows 10/11 Pro edition users, as the Home edition does not include the Group Policy Editor.

  1. Press the Windows button and search for “Edit Group Policy”.
  2. Open the Group Policy Editor.
  3. Navigate to: Local Computer Policy > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Manage updates offered from Windows Update.
  4. Right-click on “Do not include drivers with Windows Updates” and select “Edit”.
  5. Set the policy to “Enabled” and click “OK”.
  6. Exit the Group Policy Editor.

In Control of Your Drivers

By following these methods, you can regain control over your drivers and avoid the hassle of Windows automatically updating them. Keep in mind that disabling automatic driver updates may require extra effort to manually maintain and update your drivers. However, it allows you to ensure stability and compatibility by choosing the right drivers for your system.

If you found this article helpful, you may also be interested in boosting your CPU performance on Windows 11. Check out our guide on ways to maximize CPU performance for more information.