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How To Stop Driver Updates in Windows 10

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, I was playing a game on my laptop when this error appeared. VIDEO_MEMORY_MANAGEMENT_INTERNAL. It was a blue screen error. It wasn’t happening in Windows 7 but it started after I upgraded to Windows 10. I read online that the new driver was causing the blue screens, so I went back to the old driver and the problem went away for a few days, then it came back.” – Jason B., Canada

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win7, XP, Vista – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer: Problems like this can start appearing after upgrading to Windows 10 because of hardware and driver issues. This usually only happens in rare cases. Windows 10 updates the driver automatically, even if it leads to a blue screen error. When the user recovers from the crash by uninstalling the new driver or recovering Windows; Windows update starts to search for the new driver again and causes another blue screen error. However, this vicious cycle can be tamed. Here we will be talking about how to temporarily disable Windows updates for a certain device driver.

Problem

Windows keeps updating the graphics driver and causing blue screen errors.

Cause

Windows 10 is programmed to look for the latest driver update for devices like the graphics card. Windows 10 installs the upgraded version of the driver as soon as it becomes available. In rare cases, the new driver might actually cause Windows to malfunction. However, problems like this are typically fixed with the next latest upgrade of the driver.

Solution

You should be able to fix this problem by starting Windows in safe mode and uninstalling the driver upgrade. You will also need to disable Windows upgrade for a while.

Uninstall The Driver Causing Blue Screen Errors

If the computer won’t start normally anymore, then you’ll need to start Windows 10 in safe mode, click here to learn how. Once you are able to use Windows, follow these steps:

  1. Open Device Manager by pressing the Windows Key and typing device manager, click Device Manager from the search results.
    Windows 10 -- Network Adapter - Device Manager - Network adapters -- Windows Wally
  2. Locate the display driver under display adapters, right click and click Uninstall to remove it.
    Windows 10 -- Display Driver Stopped Responding - Device Manager - Display adapters - Uninstall -- Windows Wally
  3. Make sure to check Delete the driver software for this device if you see this option.

How To Temporarily Disable Windows Upgrade in Windows 10

You can temporarily disable Windows update from installing the new graphics driver by running a troubleshooter from Microsoft. Click here to download the troubleshooter. Run the downloaded file and click next to continue and follow on-screen instructions to hide the problematic driver update.

Install A Previous Release of The Driver 

After uninstalling the latest driver, you can try installing a previous version of the driver by going to the manufacturer’s website. If it was a graphics driver, then you will need to go to the graphics card manufacturer’s website and look for the graphics card’s driver there. Make sure to install one that came out before the latest version.

Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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