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Windows 7: Can You Disable Win Update For Non-MS Drivers?


19 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 
Can You Disable Win Update For Non-MS Drivers?

I am using Windows 7 Professional 64 bit on three Dell Vostro 420 desktops and a Dell laptop. I know that Microsoft recommends that Windows Update is set to Automatic where the updates are downloaded and installed each night at 3 a.m. I have my machines set for Automatic Updates.

I have discovered that the Automatic Update has replaced a few of the older Dell installed drivers (sound card, etc.) with newer Microsoft drivers that do not have the same functionality as the original Dell drivers which I want to keep. I have downloaded from the Dell site and re-installed some of the Dell drivers.

My question - if I am using Automatic Updates is there a way to tell Automatic Updates that I only want the Microsoft files updated and not the "non" Microsoft files such at the Dell drivers, my nVidia driver, etc. updated as I want to control those driver updates myself?

Thanks for your help!

Bill

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19 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

As far as I know you can't under automatic. That's why I choose to the option to; Download but let me choose to install.
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19 Feb 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Bill,

In addition to Layback Bear's post above, the tutorials below may be able to help some with this.

Drivers - Turn Off Automatic Driver Installation

and

Device Installation Settings

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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19 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Brink that's great Tutorial. I didn't know that was there.
I keep on a learning.
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19 Feb 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Either one of our options should help do the trick though.
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20 Feb 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Layback Bear and Brink - Thanks very much for your help. I'll look at the two tutorials! Have a happy day.

Bill
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20 Feb 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Bill. Please let us know how it went.
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22 Feb 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You're most welcome Bill. Please let us know how it went.

Thanks again to everyone who helped me on my question. I printed the two links and followed the instruction on how to disable auto update of drivers.

I am totally unaware that Windows has the capabilities for many of the answers I get on the Windows Seven Forums. This forum is the best Internet resource I have found for any Windows question.

Have a happy day.

Bill
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22 Feb 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Bill. I'm glad that we could help.
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22 Feb 2012   #10

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Windows 7 has many built in things that we learn about here. I learned one from Brink 2 days ago.
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