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Windows 10 automatically installs updates, including new versions of hardware drivers.

But you can block Windows Update from installing driver updates, if you like.

Early versions of the Creators Update included an easy graphical option to change this setting on Windows 10 Professional, but Microsoft decided to remove it.

Note that your hardware drivers may still be updated by Windows Update in some situations.

That said, if you’ve never worked with it before, consider reading about how to use the Registry Editor before you get started.

However, this will also prevent Windows Update from installing new drivers for a device.

RELATED: Rather than blocking all driver updates, you could instead choose to uninstall a malfunctioning driver update and block Windows 10 from installing it in the future.

You can also copy-paste the following line into the address bar in Registry Editor, assuming you’ve updated to the Creators Update. If you don’t feel like diving into the registry yourself, we’ve created two downloadable registry hacks you can use.

One enables this option, preventing Windows Update from automatically installing driver updates.

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