In order to reduce the operating system size and give users more storage space, Microsoft has decided to remove printer drivers from the Windows 10 installation image. Starting with Windows 10 version 1809, the operating system will include only a few modern printer drivers which support the Mopria standard.
By default, Windows 10 mounts a new disk you have connected to the computer. If the OS is able to recognize its file system, it will assign a drive letter to the drive. It is possible to change this behavior and prevent the OS from recognizing newly connected drives automatically.
By default, Windows 10 automatically searches for drivers on Windows Update, and downloads and installs them for devices connected to the computer. Starting with Windows 7, it also automatically downloads information (metadata) about these connected devices to display them with realistic icons.
Modern versions of Windows come with system files and drivers which have been digitally signed. This allows to keep integrity and stability of the OS and quickly find corruped or modified files. There is a built-in tool in Windows 10 which you can use to quickly find modified files and unsigned drivers on your computer.
Windows 10 April 2018 Update has started to roll out and some OEMs have updated drivers and other software for their hardware products to support it. If an updated driver is unstable or not working as expected, Windows 10 allows restarting it on the fly, without restarting the OS. Here is how.
Windows 10 assigns an available drive letter to a new drive connected to the computer. The operating system goes through the alphabet from A to Z to find the first available letter to assign it to various drives. It is possible to remove a drive letter assigned by the OS.
Windows 10 can download extra software for connected devices automatically. This software is created by the device's vendor and can add extra value for your smartphone, printers, scanners, web cameras and so on. It can be extra drivers, tools or useful utilities. By default, Windows 10 doesn't download such software when your network connection is set as metered. You can override this behavior using three methods reviewed in this article.
As you may already know, every device in your computer needs a driver. It can be a built-in driver in Windows 10, or it can be a third party driver published in the Windows Update catalog, installed by the OEM or by the user manually from the vendor's media or from a web site.
In Windows 10 Creators Update, you can exclude drivers from Windows Updates. It is a welcome feature for many users who are not happy with new versions of drivers delivered through Windows Update in Windows 10. Let's see what has changed.
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.