By default, Windows 11 and 10 downloads and install drivers for most of the components automatically with every Windows Update. Also, when you uninstall a driver from your PC, Windows Update will install it automatically the next time you restart your computer.
However, if you want to stop or prevent Windows from automatically overwriting drivers, you need to change device installation settings.
In this gearupwindows article, we will guide you on changing the device installation settings in Windows 11 and 10. To do this, you can either use System Properties or Registry Editor.
How to Change Device Installation Settings using System Properties?
To change or alter device installation settings through System Properties, do these steps:-
Step 1. Open the System Properties window.
To do that, press the
Step 2. In the “System Properties” window, switch to the
Step 3. Click the
Step 4. When you’re done, a pop-up dialog will ask whether you want to automatically download manufacturers’ apps and custom icons available for your devices. Choose the
Step 5. Click
Step 6. Click
Once you complete the above steps, Windows 11 or 10 will disable automatic driver installation on your PC.
How to Change Device Installation Settings from Windows 11 or 10 Registry Editor?
To change device installation settings using Windows 11 or 10 Registry Editor, use these steps:-
Step 1. Open Registry Editor.
Step 2. Then, browse or navigate to the following key in the left sidebar of Registry Editor:-
Step 3. On the right side of the “Device Metadata” folder, double-click on the
Step 4. Set the “Value data” to
Step 5. Click
When you complete the above steps, your Windows 11 or 10 machine will no longer automatically download and install the latest device drivers.