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How to Disable Automatic Driver Updates in Windows

By default the latest Windows versions automatically install new updates, including driver updates. And although updating your PC software in general is a good idea to ensure maximum security an performance, there are cases where driver updates are not desirable. Some hardware only operates with a specific driver version, other hardware devices need a specific driver version to ensure all functionality is available. You wouldn’t want a driver update to suddenly remove features.

If you find yourself in a situation where you want to decide which driver updates to install and which ones not, you can disable the automatic driver updates in Windows.

To do this, open the Control Panel and go to System and Security.

Next, select the System option, and click Advanced system settings.

In the System Properties windows, you need to select the Hardware tab.

Now click the Device Installation Settings button.

System Properties

This will bring up the Device Installations Settings window. Here you will need to change the option from Yes, do this automatically to No, let me choose what to do. And then select the option Never install driver Software from Windows Update. Next, click the Save Changes button.

Device Installation Settings

After this Windows will still install regular software updates, but no longer automatically update the drivers on you system.

Of course we recommend checking and updating your drivers with our DriverFinder sofware, so you can decide which updates to install and which not!

 

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Video Drivers and their Importance

Video drivers need to be specific to the video card, also known as a graphics card or display adapter. If you are installing a graphics card in to your system, you should first check to make sure it will be compatible with your motherboard. Conflicts, while rare if you are using up-to-date components, can occur and can be difficult to handle.

The graphics card you have purchased should have been supplied with its own video drivers in form of either a CD or floppy disk. The video drivers can be installed in your operating system after you have inserted the card in to the motherboard.

The video drivers will enable you to configure the graphics on your system correctly and set the colors and refresh rate to the video card’s limits. A graphic card or video card will require video drivers to enable the card to send the graphics to the processor and then to your monitor or other viewing component.

Some operating systems will have a list of video cards in the device manager to choose from. You can also match up your card by its manufacturer and model number. The operating system will use the video drivers in which it has stored to enable your graphics to function correctly.

Video Drivers for On-Board Video

Video drivers for on board video should have been supplied with the system board or motherboard, whatever you want to call it. There is no card to remove; the video graphics are actually built right in to the board itself. This allows for more open slots for other type of expansion cards.

Video drivers can be found within the operating system in this case as well. If you can not choose a manufacture or model number, the operating system would just automatically pick up the video drivers and load them as the default.

If you are still in need of video drivers for your onboard video, you would check to make sure you do not have the motherboard driver CD; this would be where you find the drivers. If the CD can not be located, you can download video drivers from the internet from the manufacturer’s site. There are some instances where you can not locate the board manufacturer. In this case you would want to do a search for it on the internet. Include in your search video drivers, so that you would have the correct ones available to you.

How to Update Video Drivers

Video drivers should be updated often either (1) by using the automatic update software that was available when installing the graphics card, (2) by going to the manufacturer’s site and checking for updates, or (3) using third-party software like DriverFinder™ to automatically update not just your video drivers but any and outdated or corrupt driver on your system.

With the changing face of gaming and other graphic software, such as photo editors, and graphing or blueprinting software, the need for updates are quite frequent (almost inevitable really). And as manufacturers try to keep up by releasing new products and/or new features to existing products, we just have to ensure that  we have access to most updated video drivers out there.

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