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Windows 7: How Do I Stop Windows Auto-Installing Drivers?


30 Dec 2009   #1

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How Do I Stop Windows Auto-Installing Drivers?

How do I stop Windows from auto-detecting hardware and then installing drivers for it? I'm trying to upgrade my sound card and video drivers. I uninstall the current "windows default" drivers, reboot, and before I can even start the installation process for the drivers I've downloaded, Windows detects the hardware and installs the default drivers on its own.

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30 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mulsiphix View Post
How do I stop Windows from auto-detecting hardware and then installing drivers for it? I'm trying to upgrade my sound card and video drivers. I uninstall the current "windows default" drivers, reboot, and before I can even start the installation process for the drivers I've downloaded, Windows detects the hardware and installs the default drivers on its own.


open devices & printers from start menu
Right click the PC icon\
choose device installation settings
Check: No, let me choose what to do
Check: Never instal driver software from windows update

then


Open device manager
find your sound card
Uninstall the driver and check the box "Delete the driver" for this device
Press OK
reboot
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30 Dec 2009   #3

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i would like to know the same thing.
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30 Dec 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Hi joeychan

Did you read the post above yours?
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30 Dec 2009   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

That's only for drivers from windows update - it doesn't stop 7 installing the drivers from it's driverstore.

Uninstall the driver - don't reboot - install your chosen drivers.
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30 Dec 2009   #6
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

It's always advisable to reboot your machine, however, the problem is to completely remove the driver from the system. I would disabled the device, and then uninstall the driver. Reboot and see if the device is still disabled. Then go into registry

HKLM > Software > Windows > CurrentVersion > Uninstall.

Check that the driver is not there (if it's there, just delete it).

Then enable the device. See what it's doing. If it scans and fail to find the driver. Go ahead and install the new driver.
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31 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

This really does seem ridiculous. MS seems to be punishing the educated/computer-literate user by making the process of installing the driver of your choice a true hassle. When you've got to get into the registry to stop windows from forcing you to use its driverstore, soon to be outdated, driver... this is just wrong.

When it comes to my video driver I have to reboot. I have to uninstall, boot into safe mode, remove all the NVIDIA display drivers that the uninstaller does not remove, and boot back into Windows to install my driver of choice. You can't remove those "left over" drivers in normal Windows as several are still in use.
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31 Dec 2009   #8
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

I'm not saying to go into the registry to stop anything, i was refering to deleting a driver completedly and installing new.
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31 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I'm not at home at the moment so I haven't had a chance to test this out. I think I misunderstand what was being said. I'll give this a go tomorrow and see if it gives me any trouble. Until then,
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31 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
open devices & printers from start menu
Right click the PC icon\
choose device installation settings
Check: No, let me choose what to do
Check: Never instal driver software from windows update

then


Open device manager
find your sound card
Uninstall the driver and check the box "Delete the driver" for this device
Press OK
reboot
Followed instructions to a tee. This method worked for my sound card but Windows continues to re-install the video. When it didn't work in standard Windows I booted into Safe Mode, uninstalled the drivers using method above, ran DriverSweeper to rid my system of the remnants, but had to reboot before I could install the new drivers.

Upon booting back into Safe Mode or Standard Windows, the drivers were re-installed. Except this time my display starts flickering and changing colors whenever I drag my mouse to select items on the desktop. Any ideas on how to get rid of these video drivers for good?
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