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Windows 7: HP updates unwanted drivers automatically. Stop this process.

23 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
HP updates unwanted drivers automatically. Stop this process.

Hello everyone.
I'm working on an image-deployment project in my company and I've been researching for so long now and couldn't find an answer.

Description of the image-deployment project:
We have set up a server, which manages this master-image. Using a net console we can access the server through its front end and create what's called a job. A job includes specific client PCs, which will get the new/updated image onto their SSD via Ethernet. The computers are HP Compaq 8100 x64 running Windows 7. To start a job, the PCs must turn on, and because we don't want to turn them on manually, we can start them up using Wake on LAN. Sadly some PCs don't do that as they have a different network card, both by Intel though. I contacted HP, and they gave me a new driver and you won't believe it, but it works using this driver. So what we did was embedding this driver into our image. Important about this is, the drivers are NOT installed in the image directly, but will be installed automatically after the image was successfully installed. This is because the image is also deployed on Dell computers and they use different drivers. Don't worry, this is easier than it sounds, all implemented by IBM.

My Problem:
The driver I want is installed on the computer, but for some reason, the HP computer automatically downloads the newer version of the driver, and that driver doesn't work for Wake on LAN. So how can I block Windows 7 from updating its drivers automatically? Notice, I don't update Windows using Windows Update on the clients, so again, the driver doesn't come with the Windows Update for sure. I figured out, when I uninstall the driver and then press "check for hardware changes" it will activate the old driver that I need. How can this process be automated or better, simplified. Does anyone have an idea. I'm not trying to write a script, unless there is absolutely no other option.
I have tried denying the installation of drivers with setting group policies that deny that process. Unfortunately, all drivers are being blocked, and that's not what I want. Maybe there is an option to deny only the installation of that specific driver, but I couldn't find a solution on how to do that.

I have attached an image of the driver properties that I want to be the active driver. This might help a bit.

Thanks a lot in advance.

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23 Jan 2014   #2

Windows 7 ultimate x64

Hi Welcome to Seven forums.

Check out this tutorial. Drivers - Turn Off Automatic Driver Installation

Hope it helps!
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