It’s a pretty powerful tool, so if you’ve never used it before, it’s worth taking some time to learn what it can do.
Also, if you’re on a company network, do everyone a favor and check with your admin first.
You can also do it this way if you have Windows Pro or Enterprise, but just feel more comfortable working in the Registry as opposed to Group Policy Editor.
(If you have Pro or Enterprise, though, we recommend using the Group Policy Editor, as described later in this article.) This should prevent Windows 10 Home from installing driver updates, but Microsoft could change this behavior at any time and ignore this setting on Windows 10 Home.
However, this will also prevent Windows Update from installing new drivers for a device.
RELATED: Rather than blocking all driver updates, you could instead choose to uninstall a malfunctioning driver update and block Windows 10 from installing it in the future.
He's been afflicted with a spam attack that I am trying to deflect by using mail rules (another thread in the General Security forum).
His computer is a relatively new (2 years plus) HP desktop running Windows 10 Home, 64 bit, version 1709.
If you want to restore the default behavior in the future, return here and set the option to either “Not configured” or “Disabled”.
His Internet connection is a legacy Wild Blue subscription and he is using the Wild Blue mail client.
A mutual friend (living far away) has been insisting that the subject computer has a virus, and urging my friend to install Norton antivirus. Webroot Secure Anywhere installed, with a license for 3 devices valid until September 15, 2019.
The “Disable Automatic Driver Updates” hack adds the value to your Registry, and the “Enable Automatic Driver Updates” file deletes it.
You can right-click any file and select “Edit” to see exactly what they do.