Steps to disable automatic driver updates in Windows 11

By | January 28, 2023

To disable automatic driver updates in Windows 11, you can follow these steps:

  • Open the Settings app by pressing the Windows key + I or by clicking the gear icon in the Start menu.
  • Click on the “Update & Security” tab.
  • In the left-hand sidebar, click on “Windows Update.”
  • Click on “View optional updates.”
  • In the “Device drivers” section, toggle the switch to the off position.
  • You can also click on the “Choose how updates are delivered” link and toggle the switch off to disable the automatic delivery of updates to other devices on your home network.

Alternatively, you can use the Device Manager to disable automatic driver updates. Here are the steps:

  • Open the Device Manager by right-clicking the Start button and selecting “Device Manager” from the context menu.
  • In the Device Manager, find the device for which you want to disable automatic updates.
  • Right-click on the device, and select “Properties” from the context menu.
  • Click on the “Driver” tab.
  • Click on the “Roll Back Driver” button if you have a previous driver version installed.
  • Click on the “Update Driver” button and select “Browse my computer for driver software.”
  • Select “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.”
  • Uncheck the box next to “Show compatible hardware” and select the previous version of the driver.

Please note that these steps are not recommended as it may lead to problems with the performance and security of your system, but it is useful in some specific scenarios where you want to avoid the updates of certain drivers.

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