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How To Disable Automatic Driver Downloads On Windows 11

Windows 11 allows users to disable automatic driver downloads to have more control over their system updates. If you prefer to manually update your drivers or want to prevent incompatible or unwanted drivers from being installed automatically, there are several methods you can try. In this step-by-step guide, I will walk you through three different methods to disable automatic driver downloads on Windows 11, giving you the flexibility to choose the drivers that best suit your needs.

Methods to Disable Automatic Driver Downloads on Windows 11

There are three methods you can use to disable automatic driver downloads on Windows 11, including accessing the Device installation settings window, using the Group Policy Editor, and making changes in the Registry Editor.

The first method involves accessing the Device installation settings window through the Control Panel. Simply click on the Start menu, type “change device installation settings,” and select the appropriate option. From there, choose the “No” option to stop Windows 11 from automatically updating drivers, and save your changes. To enable automatic driver updates again, you can go back to the Device installation settings window and select the “Yes” option.

The second method involves using the Group Policy Editor. Press the Windows key + R, type “gpedit.msc,” and press Enter to open the editor. Then, go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update -> Manage Updates offered from Windows Update. Double-click the policy “Do not include drivers with Windows Updates,” select the “Enabled” option, and click Apply and OK to disable automatic driver updates. To turn on automatic driver updates again, you can choose the “Disabled” or “Not Configured” option.

The third method involves using the Registry Editor. Press the Windows key + R, type “regedit,” and press Enter to open the editor. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearching, double-click on “DriverUpdateWizardWuSearchEnabled,” and set its value to 0 to stop automatic driver updates. To enable automatic driver updates again, set the value to 1.

These methods allow you to disable automatic driver downloads on Windows 11 and provide options to re-enable them if desired. Remember to follow the steps carefully and create a backup of your system before making any changes to the registry.