Finally found a way to disable automatic driver updates in Windows 10

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  1. Phoenix

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  2. odiebugs1

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    So far, nothing has left on the network with this, seems to be a nice program.
     
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    #3 fLOW., Aug 30, 2015
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    This is the key for that:

    Code:
    reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearching" /v "DontSearchWindowsUpdate" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
    If you want to revert it to default setting, just delete it.
     
  4. Phoenix

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    Out of all the privacy programs I've tried, this is the only tool that is not a virus and actually works great with an easy to use UI. The extra stuff like disabling the automatic driver updates are just the topping on the cake :D
     
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  5. odiebugs1

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    I agree seems nice. Most aren't a virus, it's just that because the way it's written, and it's changes windows registry, it can be seen as one, there are a lot of programs that can be seen as one.

    I'm not saying they couldn't be, as this has happened where it looks good and helpful. But I would say the ones posted by MDL members wouldn't be one, and the ones out on other sites could be.

    Hope you don't think I was thinking you don't know, just posted this for others to see.
     
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  6. Phoenix

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    #6 Phoenix, Aug 30, 2015
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    Can I just save that as a .reg file or is there something else to be added?

    Nevermind, I see it now in my registry:

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearching]
    "DontSearchWindowsUpdate"=dword:00000001
     
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    #7 odiebugs1, Aug 30, 2015
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    Hey J: if you already disabled windows update, there is no reason to do that, the drivers come through windows update.
     
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    Maybe its me but it did not work, I have the newest version O&O ShutUp10. And updates would still download and install drivers for a sound card that I don't have and mouse drivers for a mouse that I don't have.
     
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  10. odiebugs1

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    Thanks, I just tried it as I didn't use the disable update, but it does not stop updates.

    @J, it's doesn't stop updates so use the script.
     
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  12. Phoenix

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    Strange, why did it work for me? I just did a clean install using the latest ISO of Windows 10 Pro downloaded with the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft so I don't know if that's an update build or what.

    Mind you, I did the tweak to disable driver updates before even going online after the clean installation
     
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    I'm running the 10532, they could have already fixed some tweaks from blocking.
     
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  15. murphy78

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    Win10 has a nasty habit of waiting to install drivers until you install updates.
    You would likely need to set the reg key in a setupcomplete.cmd script if you want win10 to never download drivers.
     
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  16. odiebugs1

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    Thanks murph, I always have newer drivers than windows will ever have, so I don't need to worry, but I hope that flows reg works for people.
     
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    #17 Leadbelly, Aug 30, 2015
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    Hi I gave that a shot also, and drivers are still downloaded and installed.

    I used this so we are on the same page, hope that helps.

    Code:
    @ECHO OFF
    
    REM ======================= Disable Automatic Driver Updates =======================
    ECHO.
    
    reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearching" /v "DontSearchWindowsUpdate" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
    
    ECHO Done...
    
    :finish
    ECHO.
    ECHO Installation complete.
    ECHO Press any key to exit.
    PAUSE > NUL
     
  18. odiebugs1

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    Have you tried what SAKUYA posted ?.
     
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    Hey J: I didn't check if this 10532 is allowing data out on the network, will try and check overnight. Seeing how update works, I figured we better check on new build.
     
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  20. Leadbelly

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    #20 Leadbelly, Aug 30, 2015
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    This is what I was asked to try, is that it. I just made the .bat file is all.

    Code:
    reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearching" /v "DontSearchWindowsUpdate" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f