One of the most annoying things that I noticed with the latest update of Windows 10 is the inability to block the update of the drivers by Windows Update. In previous releases of Windows, it was possible to instruct the operating system to prevent the automatic downloading of new drivers on Windows, so as to avoid problems with peripherals or the most sensitive components (for example audio drivers).

With the Fall Update, it is no longer possible to block the driver update, which will proceed automatically even when not necessary, without notifying the user. Find out in this guide how to avoid using an improper driver and how to block driver updates on the latest version of Windows 10.

Use the appropriate Windows driver

If the new driver is already installed on the PC (you have not had time to react) you can go back to using the old driver you were used to by right clicking on the Start menu and select the item Device Manager.
Device manager

Identify the device or internal component that received the new driver from Windows Update, then right-click on it and select Update Driver.
Update drivers

In the window that will open select now the item Search for the driver software on your computer, then Choose the item from a list of drivers available on your computer. In the new window, you will see all the drivers compatible with the device, both the one already present in the system and the one installed with the automatic update.
Select the driver entry and then click Next to use it. From now on you will use the driver that works best and you will not receive any other update notifications (except if a new version of the driver does not come out).

Hint: do not uninstall the driver to use the default one, as Windows Update will re-download the driver you do not want to use at the first opportunity, sticking yourself in a vicious circle.

Block driver update on Windows 10 (Pro)

If you have Windows 10 Pro you can completely block driver updates on Windows using the Group Policy tool. Open the Start menu and type gpedit, as shown below.
gpedit search

In the new window, you will have to browse through the folders to find the right option. The path is Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update . Among the many items present select Do not include drivers with Windows updates.
Local group policy editor

Double-click on the entry and click on Activate to block driver updates.
Do not include drivers with windows update

Now click OK and restart your PC. You just managed to block automatic driver update with Windows 10!

Block driver update with Driver Booster

Once you’re going to block driver update, I suggest you use a program that can handle driver updates more conveniently. The program that I recommend is Driver Booster, free download from here.

DOWNLOAD | Driver Booster

Once installed, start scanning peripheral devices for drivers; if the program also notes the update of the device that you do not want to touch, it will be sufficient to right-click on the offending update and use the Ignore key.