How To Disable Driver Update through Windows Update in Windows 10

There is a new Windows Update option surfaced in the new Windows 10 built 14328 released to the Windows Insider that makes to possible to stop Windows 10 from updating your drivers. By default, drivers are included in the Windows Updates and are installed through the update process. It’s a setting through Group Policy. Therefore, it’s only available on the editions that support Group Policy.

Open Group Policy Editor by either searching Group Policy at the Start menu or launching gpedit.msc from the Run dialog box.

Launching Group Policy Editor

Then navigator to

Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Windows Update

and double-click the setting “Do not include drivers with Windows Updates” to Enable it.

Group Policy - do not include drivers in windows updates

Since every Group Policy settings is a registry key or value in Registry, you can accomplish the same through Registry Editor as well. You may try this if you don’t have a Windows 10 edition that supports Group Policy.

Open Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

then create a new 32-bit DWORD value called ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate and set the value to 1.

Registry Editor - exclude drivers in windows udpates

Either restart your computer or run gpupdate /force from a command prompt, and you are all set.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 05/03/2016

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Lester
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I tried this, amongst various other things, to disable the AMD video gpu on my HP Pavilion laptop. It works fine when I remove it in the device manager, but Windows 10 update reinstalls it again. It used to do this every windows update, but since I installed the anniversary edition, it reinstalls every time I reboot. The Intel GPU works fine and I just want to get rid of the AMD one. I can’t turn it off in the setup – I tried that. I’m about ready to cannibalize the motherboard.

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