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

05 Jan 2010   #31
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by krazdkiller View Post
in 7 just like vista there is no need to uninstall the old driver. just run the driver installer and it will replace and or update files as needed. with the last few nvidia divers i have not been asked to reboot.
Wrong - you will have issues. Use Driver Sweeper.


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05 Jan 2010   #32
krazdkiller

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by krazdkiller View Post
in 7 just like vista there is no need to uninstall the old driver. just run the driver installer and it will replace and or update files as needed. with the last few nvidia divers i have not been asked to reboot.
Wrong - you will have issues. Use Driver Sweeper.
I have run Vista since post sp1 and Win 7 since the first beta and I have never had to uninstall the old drive to install a new one. Since installing my current copy of 7 I probably have updated various drivers a minimum of 30 times, and my system is completely stable. Uninstalling a old driver then installing the new driver for both Vista and 7 is just a matter of preference.
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05 Jan 2010   #33
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by krazdkiller View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by krazdkiller View Post
in 7 just like vista there is no need to uninstall the old driver. just run the driver installer and it will replace and or update files as needed. with the last few nvidia divers i have not been asked to reboot.
Wrong - you will have issues. Use Driver Sweeper.
I have run Vista since post sp1 and Win 7 since the first beta and I have never had to uninstall the old drive to install a new one. Since installing my current copy of 7 I probably have updated various drivers a minimum of 30 times, and my system is completely stable. Uninstalling a old driver then installing the new driver for both Vista and 7 is just a matter of preference.
Until games start crashing. Leftovers are toxic.
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05 Jan 2010   #34
krazdkiller

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by krazdkiller View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post

Wrong - you will have issues. Use Driver Sweeper.
I have run Vista since post sp1 and Win 7 since the first beta and I have never had to uninstall the old drive to install a new one. Since installing my current copy of 7 I probably have updated various drivers a minimum of 30 times, and my system is completely stable. Uninstalling a old driver then installing the new driver for both Vista and 7 is just a matter of preference.
Until games start crashing. Leftovers are toxic.
I play my games with out any issues. We each have our own view on this. Neither one is right or wrong. They are simply different ways to achieve the same results. Just flat out stating that I am wrong when I am not helps no one.
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30 Jun 2010   #35
Pleb5919

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
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
What version of Windows are these instructions for? I've wasted 3 hours tonight trying to get Windows 7 to stop installing the default drivers, so I can actually install the drivers that were designed for this sound card, and it won't stop.

I'm using Win7 64 bit, and when I follow your instructions, I can get as far as:

"Uninstall the driver and check the box "Delete the driver" for this device"

The problem is there *is* no checkbox for "delete the driver". It doesn't give me an option.

Banshee
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30 Jun 2010   #36
Mulsiphix

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

The instructions above were written for Windows 7 . I too have noticed that many drivers will not have the delete option available. However, you can manually delete the system drivers. Windows 7 has a driver repository of the most common drivers for the most common computers (pre-built) and hardware. If you want to stop Windows from installing these drivers automatically then you need to manually remove them from the Windows File Repository (C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository) and then install the drivers you want.

I was having the same problem with video drivers but was able to find success. Note that this link will show how I fixed my problem but will show you that I had a new problem once I was finished "fixing" my driver issue. It was later discovered that the problem I was experiencing was related to the specific set of drivers I was using and not to Windows or some system goof on my part. I suggest you give my method a shot.
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