With the official release of Windows 10 literally just a day away, Microsoft doesn’t have any time left to roll out updates to fix pesky bugs. Having said that, there aren’t many bugs remaining anyway, thanks in part to the feedback app available to Windows 10 TP users. While minor UI-related problems can be fixed through third-party tools, there are some issues that need a more serious remedy. If your Windows 10 drivers have been acting up lately, you might be among the unfortunate few who are suffering just because of a single faulty driver. The problem is rare for now, but as more and more people start using the OS, we might see an increase in complaints related to Windows 10 drivers. This is probably the reason Microsoft has published a tool to help users isolate such drivers, ensuring that the entire OS doesn’t stop functioning in case of a problem.
If you are a bit confused about the need for the aforementioned tool, the confusion is justified. Unlike its predecessors, Windows 10 drivers are kept updated at all times by the OS. This has a minor side-effect though. If a faulty driver is disabled by you manually, Windows 10 will keep re-enabling it to check for updates. If any user wishes to disable this process, and keep a driver permanently hidden, here is what needs to be done.
Blocking Windows 10 Drivers Automatic Updates
- Before using the tool, there’s a pre-requisite. You need to check if the driver you mean to disable is being registered as faulty or not. Go to Device Manager and see if any device has ‘!’, a red cross, or ‘?’ against it. If this isn’t the case and everything shows up fine, you are out of luck. Your Blue Screen of Death might be originating from another source. If the list does show a problematic driver though, proceed to the next step.
- Go to the link provided at the end of this post, and download the WUShowHide file.
- Run the file downloaded in the previous step. You will need admin rights to execute it.
- Click the ‘Next’ button from the tool’s main screen. It will begin scanning your machine for all installed Windows 10 drivers.
- From the displayed list, simply choose the drivers for whom you don’t want automatic updates to take place. Click ‘Next’ when done.
You can now exit the tool and the problem is resolved. Do remember to re-enable the driver updates when you hear that the bug with that particular device has been fixed.
Microsoft WUShowHide Tool [Free]