In Windows 10 Insider Preview, the Windows Update service is always turned on and it forces you to install new updates and drivers available for your computer. But this may not be what you want. For example, when a driver produces an issue and there is no way to opt out of installing it, it might cause a major problem for the user. You might be interested in blocking the driver or some update in Windows 10. Here is how it can be done.
You need to do two steps. The first is to uninstall the problematic driver or update, the second is to block it from being installed later. Follow these instructions.
- Uninstall the unwanted driver using Win + X Power User menu -> Computer Management -> System Tools -> Device Manager. See the article Use Win+X menu to manage tasks in Windows 10 faster.
- Locate the device with the problematic driver, right click it and choose Uninstall. In the uninstall dialog, check the box to Delete the driver software for this device if available.
- To uninstall an unwanted Windows update, open Win + X Power User menu -> Control Panel -> Programs -> Installed Updates. Select the required update from the list and then click Uninstall.
- To prevent the driver or update from being reinstalled, use the "Show or hide updates" troubleshooter provided by Microsoft. It can be downloaded from here:
Download "Show or hide updates" troubleshooter
Opening wushowhide.diagcab will launch the troubleshooter. Then click Next to proceed and follow the instructions provided by the troubleshooter to hide the problematic driver or update.
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