How to Fix and Stop the Automatic and Mandatory Driver Updates on Windows 10

Windows Update Becomes Automatic and Mandatory in Windows 10

If you’ve already updated to Windows 10 Home on your computer, you may have noticed that Windows drivers update and other updates through Windows Update are mandatory. This OS updates are obligatory for all Windows Home users and can be deferred for different periods of time for Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise users.

Windows 10’s Automatic and Mandatory Updates Cause Issues

Since big parts of mandatory downloads and installs are driver updates for computer hardware and devices, and most of the universal drivers are not really needed to update, there have been many disruptions and issues, such as issues for NVidia drivers, graphics drivers, and some of you may encounter black screen or blue screen, and you may not enter your Windows 10 system when the updates fail.

In fact, you don’t need the universal drivers to be installed and replaced better performing drivers you’ve already have on your Windows 10.

How to Fix It and Stop the Automatic and Mandatory Driver Updates on Windows 10

You can stop the automatic and mandatory driver updates on Windows 10 to avoid conflicts and errors. Here is how.

Step 1. On your Windows 10, click on the Start button and type “system” in the search box to locate it. Select the Control Panel result (it should be the top one).

windows 10 system

Step 2. The System Properties window will pop up. Click on the “Advanced system settings” option.


Step 3. Select the Hardware tab and click on “Device Installation Settings”

windows 10 system properties

Step 4. In the pop-up window, select the “No, let me choose what to do” option. 3 other options will come out. Select the “Never install driver software from Windows Update”.

stop windows 10 automatic update

How to Download Windows 10 Drivers When You Really Need Them

Turning off automatic and mandatory driver updates helps to avoid problems. If the drivers on your computer are corrupted, outdated, missing, damaged, or not working properly, you can try Driver Talent (formerly called DriveTheLife) to find the best-matched and the latest drivers for your Windows 10. For more information, refer to the post: How to one-click download and install Windows 10 drivers.

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  • I followed all the steps to disable automatic updates in my Windows10, however, when I click on the Device Installation Settings in the System Properties box, I do not get the same options as mentioned above. The option to let me choose what to do, does not appear at all. I only get a Yes or No option. I selected the NO option, but my system still automatically reloads the updated corrupt driver every time I reboot my PC. I keep having to disable or uninstall the driver each time to stop my screen from flickering. The updated AMD 8330 graphic driver that is now on my system is corrupt and I can’t get rid of it or rollback or find another compatible graphic driver to replace this corrupted AMD 8330 driver. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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