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  • How to disable Win10 driver updates

    Posted on December 13th, 2018 at 05:04 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m seeing even more reports of zapped drivers — people who install the latest cumulative updates, and end up with new driver versions that mess with their video, audio and/or peripherals.

    There’s an interesting post on Reddit, from thesereneknight:

    /u/webdeveler suggested these steps to me:

    If you have Windows 10 Pro, it’s easy.

    1. Open Local Group Policy Editor

    2. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update

    3. Set “Do not include drivers with Windows Updates” to Enabled

    If you have Windows 10 Home, you have to create a registry key.

    1. Open Registry Editor (regedit)

    2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft > Windows

    3. Add a new Key named “WindowsUpdate”

    4. Inside WindowsUpdate, add a new DWORD “ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate” with a value of “1”

    Can any of you vouch for the Home/regedit solution?