How to prevent Windows 8.1 from installing drivers automatically?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by MonarchX, May 9, 2014.

  1. MonarchX

    MonarchX MDL Expert

    May 5, 2007
    You can prevent Windows from downloading the latest drivers for whichever device, BUT you can't prevent it from auto-installing drivers that it already has for whichever device. Meaning, the below trick, does nothing and Windows still installs drivers for several devices after you uninstall them and restart:


    How can I prevent it from auto-installing drivers completely???
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  2. cuteee

    cuteee MDL Guru

    Oct 13, 2012
    Via the Installation of windows 8.1.
  3. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

    Jul 14, 2013
    Not long ago I asked the same question... Now, if cuteee is right then please elaborate or anyone else a bit more. It's a real pain in the...:p
  4. eydee

    eydee Guest

    Fixed it for you.
  5. my2cents

    my2cents Guest

    Just wondering how your installation would react on first boot without any default drivers for the display adapter, disk drives, human interface devices, etc. Maybe you could just slipstream the required drivers; however, I haven't done that since XP days and I hear that is no easy task in Win 8.1.
  6. my2cents

    my2cents Guest

    And before you respond to my previous post, I know exactly was you were trying to say (I think). Actually, you meant:

    "How can I prevent Windows 8.1 from installing any 3rd-party drivers from the updated (enhanced) catalog of 3rd-party drivers available in Windows 8.1?"

    Now, even if that is what you meant, I still don't understand the benefits of blocking those initial driver installations because you still have to install your preferred drivers anyway and that would just update the existing drivers (unless you wanted to use an older version for some unknown reason). Maybe you could elaborate a bit on why this would make a difference?
  7. moderate

    moderate MDL Guru

    Aug 31, 2009
    Windows doesn't install drivers in stored repository after you uninstall them, CLEAN THEM FROM REPOSITORY and restart...
    ...only drivers, what are integrated with Windows installation ISO, can't be cleaned from repository.

  8. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

    Nov 18, 2012