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Windows 7: Turn off Windows 7 Automatic Driver Installation

01 May 2010   #1
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 
Turn off Windows 7 Automatic Driver Installation

Most of the crashes happens because of a bad drivers. Unfortunately most of the time these bad drivers are coming from Windows Update. Because it won't pick the best driver. So when we troubleshoot BSOD it's best to disable automatic driver installation so we can make sure we are downloading the best driver from manufacturer's website.

Here is how we will disable Automatic Driver Installation

Device Installation Settings

1, Start Menu search box : type change device installation settings
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Once you click on that to start it up you will get the following dialog that gives you two choices:
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2, The top option: Yes, do this automatically is the recommended setting.
When the second option is selected the options expand:
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3, When it is expanded you see a default choice and this is basically the same as the automatic option above. The other two choices are the big difference here.
  • Install driver software from Windows Update if it is not found on my computer. This will search your computer first instead of Windows Update. If it is not found locally then it will go to Windows Update and look there for a driver.
  • Never install driver software from Windows Update. The system will always ask you to provide the device driver.
  • We want to enable "Never install driver software from Windows Update"
  • Then click on Save Changes
4, Now your Windows won't automatically download drivers.

Hope this helps,
Captain




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01 May 2010   #2
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Very well done, Sir.
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01 May 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Well done. That would make a nice tutorial.
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01 May 2010   #4
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
Very well done, Sir.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Well done. That would make a nice tutorial.
Thank You !! I figured it something we have to do before troubleshooting BSOD !!

- Captain
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01 May 2010   #5
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I agree with Wolfgang; you do need to make it a tutorial.
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01 May 2010   #6
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

+1

This should be in Tutorial section.
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01 May 2010   #7
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

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01 May 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks. Good deal.
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01 May 2010   #9
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Thanks. Good deal.
Your Welcome
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01 May 2010   #10
hubris

W7, Xp Pro
 
 

Good tute. Cpt.

How come mine was already set to that.? I never did it myself!!

Strange, ?
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