How to turn off driver updates in Windows Update in Windows 10

With the recently released Windows 10 build 14328, Microsoft added a new option to Windows 10. Now it is possible to stop Windows 10 from updating your drivers. By default, Windows 10 automatically installs drivers from Windows Update when they become available along with security patches.


A new option starting with build 14328 and above, will allow the user to turn off driver updates in Windows Update in Windows 10. Users who have the operating system edition with Group Policy can use it to configure the appropriate option. If your Windows 10 edition comes without Group Policy, you can apply a simple Registry tweakor use Winaero Tweaker.

Turn off driver updates in Windows Update in Windows 10 using Winaero Tweaker

Just you the following option in Winaero Tweaker to disable driver updates in Windows Update with one click.
disable driver updates redstone
Get Winaero Tweaker here: Download Winaero Tweaker.

Turn off driver updates in Windows Update in Windows 10 using Group Policy

  1. Press Win + R keys together on your keyboard and type:
    gpedit.msc

    Press Enter. Windows 10 run gpedit

  2. Group Policy Editor will open. Go to Local Computer Policy → Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Windows Update.
  3. There, double click the option Do not include drivers with Windows Update. Windows 10 block driver updates
  4. In the next dialog, enable this option and you are done: Windows 10 disable driver updates in Windows Update

If you are running a Windows 10 Edition without Group Policy, you need to apply a tweak as described below.

Turn off driver updates in Windows Update in Windows 10 using a Registry tweak

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following Registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

    Tip: You can access the desired Registry key with one click.
    If you don't have such a key, then just create it.

  3. On the right side, create a new 32-bit DWORD value named ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate. Set its value data to 1.
    Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows, you still need to create a 32-bit DWORD value. See the following screenshot: Windows 10 block driver updates
  4. Restart Windows 10.

That's it. You just made Windows 10 Anniversary Update not install drivers from Windows Update.

10 thoughts on “How to turn off driver updates in Windows Update in Windows 10

  1. Phil

    awesome thanks!

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  2. eightcore

    I don’t have this option in the administrative Templates on Win 10 Enterprise 10586.218.

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    1. eightcore

      Sorry, i didn’t read the article accurately.

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    2. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      The option made its appearance with the recently released Windows 10 build 14328.

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  3. Jose_49

    THIS IS GOLD!

    This is what I’ve been waiting for since a year ago. I tried once your Group Policy trick but that didn’t stop this blasphemy from updating everything! Hopefully this will make a final stop to it!!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Yeah, definitely nice change.

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    2. Bob

      So we already had gold in Windows 7. Don’t get excited that they removed and added it back. Windows 10 is still several times worse than Windows 7.

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  4. Ken

    I have tried this trick on a Windows 10 Enterprise 64 Build 14393.rs1_release.161220-1747 and is does not work! Not via the software, not manually !
    I need to update windows but NOT the graphic driver but not only this keep happening: the update also install themselves automatically. PLEASE HELP ME.

    The only option that actually works is “disable windows update” for now.

    Please i need my system to keep old NVIDIA driver cause they are the only that let me work with my 3 different monitor without any issue, let me know if someone is aware of this problem!

    P.S. I hate this anniversary update.

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    1. Julio

      Try in video driver properties, and Rolling back to previous driver, and give it a reason I usually chose “it worked better with previos driver” then OK and reboot
      Then reinstall your driver over the existent (uninstall any newer utilites first if present)

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  5. Armond

    Thanks, a lot:
    1. For this awesome and lightweight tweaking software.
    2. For making it accessible to those using screen readers. (I think it still needs some works, but it’s perfectly usable.)
    3. Finally, for helping me getting rid of drivers in Windows Updates! Keep up to date work!

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