Disable Windows 10's Automatic Driver Updates

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  • Disable Windows 10's Automatic Driver Updates

    Windows 10 can automatically update your graphics driver, which can potentially break hardware acceleration. This procedure will prevent the driver from being updated automatically or manually. The process is easily reversible in case you change your mind later.

    A "Professional" edition of Windows is required for this procedure.

    Step 1

    Open the Local Group Policy Editor. You can find it by opening the start menu and typing:

    Step 2

    Navigate to this node:
    Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Device Installation > Device Installation Restrictions > Prevent installation of devices that match any of these device IDs

    Step 3

    Enable the "Prevent installation of devices that match these device IDs" setting.

    DO NOT CHECK the box to "Also apply to matching devices that are already installed" as this causes the graphics driver to be uninstalled.


    Step 4

    Click the "Show" button to edit the list of Device IDs.


    Step 5

    Paste all the device IDs from your graphics device into the list. You can find the IDs in the properties of the hardware device, found in Device Manager. "Copy" each device ID by right-clicking them in the hardware device properties panel, and choosing "Copy" from the context menu.


    Re-enabling the Ability to Update the Driver

    To re-enable the ability to update the driver, simply find the "Prevent installation of devices that match these device IDs" setting again, and disable it.

    Beware of Windows Updates

    When Windows 10 installs a major update (every 6 months or so), there is a chance your Intel graphics driver will be uninstalled. If you've made the group policy change described here, no replacement driver will be installed and hardware acceleration will be broken. If this happens, you will need to undo the group policy change, install a proper driver, and re-apply the group policy change.

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