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How to stop automatically download install Microsoft drivers?
 

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I did downloaded installed drivers from manufacturer website still it's still automatically download install Microsoft drivers
 

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They are not 'Microsoft' drivers. They may be delivered by Windows Update, but they were supplied to Microsoft by the respective OEMs and are the same drivers as you could get from the OEM's own site - including most recently the latest BIOS firmware update for my system.

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Anyway, if you don't want them it's relatively easy to disable them.

 

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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


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Thank you Brink I did your suggestion and it stopped automatically download install Microsoft drivers. I hope it doesn't automatically download install Microsoft drivers in the future.
 

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They are not 'Microsoft' drivers. They may be delivered by Windows Update, but they were supplied to Microsoft by the respective OEMs and are the same drivers as you could get from the OEM's own site - including most recently the latest BIOS firmware update for my system.

I'm not sure it's the same drivers. The ones from OEM's websites are fully featured but come with nagware, usually. The ones from Windows Update are bare bones but do not come with nagware. I prefer the latter, YMMV.
 

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Hardware manufacturers develop new drivers and certify them to work with Windows 11. Likewise, some drivers are OEM specific. They are sent to MS who distributes them through Windows update. If you get a driver through WU, it means it's a newer driver than what you are using. Why would anyone, especially those who upgraded from an earlier OS and running older drivers, want to run drivers not certified for Windows 11?
 

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They are not 'Microsoft' drivers. They may be delivered by Windows Update, but they were supplied to Microsoft by the respective OEMs and are the same drivers as you could get from the OEM's own site - including most recently the latest BIOS firmware update for my system.

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Anyway, if you don't want them it's relatively easy to disable them.

The drivers supplied by Windows Update are not always the best drivers.
 

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Hardware manufacturers develop new drivers and certify them to work with Windows 11. Likewise, some drivers are OEM specific. They are sent to MS who distributes them through Windows update. If you get a driver through WU, it means it's a newer driver than what you are using. Why would anyone, especially those who upgraded from an earlier OS and running older drivers, want to run drivers not certified for Windows 11?
That's not always true. Some drivers supplied by Windows Update are older than the OEM drivers. To each their own, I prefer to go to the OEM sites if I feel I need a new driver.
 

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Some drivers supplied by Windows Update are older than the OEM drivers
That is true in some cases, but I have actually had drivers offered through WU before they ever appeared on Dell site. As long as a computer is not very old, the ones on the manufacturer site would be the way to go, but we all know that most people never go there to look unless they have a problem. They sit fat and happy running outdated drivers that may be several years old. Most of us here know enough about drivers that we want to manage them ourselves, but most users don't have a clue. I think that's why MS took over responsibility for keeping Windows Home users up to date.

The point I was trying to make is that not all drivers are Windows 11 certified. That has to come from the hardware makers or the OEMs. They certify with MS that a particular driver will work with 11. When one upgrades from 10 to 11, it initially uses the drivers from 10 (which are usually compatible and work fine). Of course, during upgrade any that are incompatible won't be applied and will show as such in device manager. Then, if the user checks Windows update, he will see driver updates, both for devices with no drivers as well as many devices that are using the drivers that rolled over from 10. That doesn't mean the drivers one is already using won't work, only that MS's database has drivers which have been certified to work with 11.

One issue that drives me nuts is how device manufacturers uses one numbering scheme and those packaged by the OEM's use another. One does not always know which is the latest. In that case I go with the OEM.
 

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That is true in some cases, but I have actually had drivers offered through WU before they ever appeared on Dell site. As long as a computer is not very old, the ones on the manufacturer site would be the way to go, but we all know that most people never go there to look unless they have a problem. They sit fat and happy running outdated drivers that may be several years old. Most of us here know enough about drivers that we want to manage them ourselves, but most users don't have a clue. I think that's why MS took over responsibility for keeping Windows Home users up to date.

The point I was trying to make is that not all drivers are Windows 11 certified. That has to come from the hardware makers or the OEMs. They certify with MS that a particular driver will work with 11. When one upgrades from 10 to 11, it initially uses the drivers from 10 (which are usually compatible and work fine). Of course, during upgrade any that are incompatible won't be applied and will show as such in device manager. Then, if the user checks Windows update, he will see driver updates, both for devices with no drivers as well as many devices that are using the drivers that rolled over from 10. That doesn't mean the drivers one is already using won't work, only that MS's database has drivers which have been certified to work with 11.

One issue that drives me nuts is how device manufacturers uses one numbering scheme and those packaged by the OEM's use another. One does not always know which is the latest. In that case I go with the OEM.
Not all driver updates are needed. A lot of driver updates fix problems that not all user experience.
 

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Just my 2 cents but I've gotten some much later driver versions from windows update vs the Dell support site downloads. I have to keep turning down the older Dell drivers since I already have newer versions. Some of the Dell stuff is way behind.
 

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Just my 2 cents but I've gotten some much later driver versions from windows update vs the Dell support site downloads. I have to keep turning down the older Dell drivers since I already have newer versions. Some of the Dell stuff is way behind.
That says a lot about Dell.
 

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Not all driver updates are needed. A lot of driver updates fix problems that not all user experience.
I'll agree to disagree with you on part of that. True, not all users experience same problems. But driver updates are needed. As hardware and operating systems have gotten more complex and intricately woven together current drivers for certain devices are more important than they ever were in the past. One has to keep up with the other. Specifically, the drivers have to keep up with the OS.
 

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In Win 11, open settings, system, about, click on advanced system settings, hardware tab, Device Installation Settings, choose no. Drivers may still be downloaded but they will not be installed and will show in optional updates. You can then install them or not at your own choice. I have seen drivers from Windows Update cause problems more than a few times and have to be rolled back. I would be leery of them.

I agree that not all driver updates are needed. My policy has always been that if a driver works, it's good enough. The exceptions would be if there are security issues involved. The only ones I really keep up with are graphics drivers and even they reach a point where updating them does no good and may even degrade performance. Graphics driver updates are always concentrating on optimizations for the latest hardware and many times provide no benefit for older GPU's. You can usually stop updating them long before your hardware is officially put in legacy status.
 
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It is also a fact that Windows Update drivers have many times overwritten newer ones that people have installed from OEM sites. To avoid this, Microsoft has recently started backdating the drivers they offer to make them appear older than they really are so that these issues do not occur.
 
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I'll agree to disagree with you on part of that. True, not all users experience same problems. But driver updates are needed. As hardware and operating systems have gotten more complex and intricately woven together current drivers for certain devices are more important than they ever were in the past. One has to keep up with the other. Specifically, the drivers have to keep up with the OS.
Yes, we can agree that we disagree. IMHO unless someone is having a problem, they do not always have to update a driver.
 

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I'm pretty old school and for many years I had the same mindset regarding drivers as a lot of other old schoolers which was "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" so I didn't update drivers. But I eventually evolved.

I once read someplace that keeping drivers updated was like defensive driving. As a defensive driver, you're much less likely to be involved in a crash. I learned there were more reasons to update a driver than to just "fix a problem". Security holes get plugged and computers are more stable and have better performance.

But hey, that's just me. Whatever floats anyone's boat is fine by me.There is no one size fits all.
 

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I'm pretty old school and for many years I had the same mindset regarding drivers as a lot of other old schoolers which was "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" so I didn't update drivers. But I eventually evolved.

I once read someplace that keeping drivers updated was like defensive driving. As a defensive driver, you're much less likely to be involved in a crash. I learned there were more reasons to update a driver than to just "fix a problem". Security holes get plugged and computers are more stable and have better performance.

But hey, that's just me. Whatever floats anyone's boat is fine by me.There is no one size fits all.
Using your car example. I'm not going to buy new tires every time a new tread design comes out. I do update the drivers, but I don't constantly check the OEM sites looking for new drivers. I do let Windows update drivers when available. If they cause me any problems, I know I can either roll back or see what the OEM has to offer.
 

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