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Windows 7: Stopping Automatic Driver Install


14 May 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Stopping Automatic Driver Install

I'm trying to install the new windows 7 nvidia drivers from nvidia but every time I uninstall the 181.72 drivers it automatically installs it every time I start windows. I have "No, Never install driver software from windows update" selected in the device installation settings in the advanced system window, so why does it keep installing? How do I disable this automatic install of the drivers?

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14 May 2009   #2
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Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

That should have worked. But an alternative might be "Check for updates, but let me choose whether to download and install them.
This is the setting I use. It gives you the opportunity to examine each update and hide it, if not rquired, so that you are not bothered again.
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14 May 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I have had this problem too. I think what I did was go into device manager and select the "properties" of your device and click "disable" before you install the new driver. Or you can just right click the device and click "disable" That should work.

BTW Most new drivers work anyway....even if Windows 7 finds a driver in the middle of the installation. Nvidia drivers do....

You could also use Jimbo's post in this thread.

How to stop Win 7 Driver Software Installation
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14 May 2009   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davehc View Post
That should have worked. But an alternative might be "Check for updates, but let me choose whether to download and install them.
This is the setting I use. It gives you the opportunity to examine each update and hide it, if not rquired, so that you are not bothered again.
I don't have that option...
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
I have had this problem too. I think what I did was go into device manager and select the "properties" of your device and click "disable" before you install the new driver. Or you can just right click the device and click "disable" That should work.

BTW Most new drivers work anyway....even if Windows 7 finds a driver in the middle of the installation. Nvidia drivers do....
So do you mean if I install new drivers while the current drivers are running I should be fine?
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14 May 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wrathloki View Post
So do you mean if I install new drivers while the current drivers are running I should be fine?
I have done it many times...yes you should be fine. I think Nvidia has taken this into account when making the drivers. If you run the "setup" they will install. Just go to device manager when done and make sure they are installed.
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22 Aug 2009   #6

Windows 7 x64
 
 

This is also driving me crazy and it's not fine to install the nvidia drivers over the ones Windows7 installs it messes up the control panel!
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17 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

I too was having the exact same issue and it was making me crazy. I found the answer here:
How to Stop Windows 7 Automatic Driver Installation

Enjoy!

P.S. chlywly is right, I found references on other forums where you must uninstall the drivers first. It can cause issues if you don't (read blue screen of death, happened to me once).
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17 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

What has worked for me in the past is to first download the driver you want to install. Unplug the eithernet cable or wireless adaptor from the machine, uninstall the driver you want to get rid of "this may require a reboot". After that you should be able to install the new driver without Windows looking for and installing another one.
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17 Aug 2010   #9

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Turn off auto-updates
Uninstall previous nvidia drivers restart boot to Win emergency mode.

Delete all the old nvidia driver sub folders in the main 'Nvidia' folder (it creates automatically on the C: drive)

reboot back into normal mode with the Vga basic driver.
Install latest nvidia driver

reboot,
then rerun the WEi score thingie!- which quite often only lets you run in Windows 'basic' mode till you have done it!
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15 Aug 2011   #10

32&64 bit win7 sp1 and windows xp sp3
 
 
install older driver even tho windows says it already has the best one

delete the cabinet drivers these are located in C:/Windows/System32/DriverStore/FileRepository/
open device manager and right click the device properties go to driver details and find the driver it uses in the above folder. take ownership of said file (otherwise fileaccess and delete will be denied)
then delete it. now scan for hardware changes in dev man and now it will not auto load the driver from within windows and you can select your own reguardless if it is an older version

you must take ownership of said system file to delete it

how to add "take ownership to" system context to automatically allow editing of protected system files.
add these lines to a a black notepad document and save as takeowner.reg The ".reg" is the important part. this is how you can open the document as a registry modding file. you can name it anything you like and delete it after opening it

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas]
@="Take Ownership"
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas\command]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas]
@="Take Ownership"
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas\command]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

And save it as " InstallTakeOwnership.reg " (No quotation marks)..
To un-install it open up a new notepad and paste this into it...

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas]

And save it as " RemoveTakeOwnership.reg " .
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