Driver Updates By Windows Update Are Ruining Windows 10 For Me

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In previous posts I talked about how Windows Update was breaking the Intel HD graphics adapters in my Lenovo Yoga and Toshiba KIRAbook Ultrabooks, and I also posted a solution that should prevent Windows Update from downloading drivers. Well … nothing has worked, and I regularly face broken graphics drivers on my Ultrabooks.

The only solution that I have to solve the issue is:

  • Uninstall the device in Device Manager
  • Refresh
  • Manually install a driver that I downloaded from Intel – I keep this driver for regularly carrying out this process.

I’ve found that Windows Update can silently install the updated fault driver during the middle of a presentation, and suddenly I am no longer sharing my display with the projector/screen – that’s an interesting problem, that requires 5-10 minutes of fixing.

Some folks have suggested that I use the solution in KB3073930, How to temporarily prevent a Windows or driver update from reinstalling in Windows 10. I did, and that worked for 5 days, until Microsoft shipped replacement versions of the driver, the block rule lapsed, and I was back to Square One.

This is the only issue I’m having with Windows 10 … but it is absolutely driving me nuts.

It’s no wonder that Samsung felt like they had to block all Microsoft updates to give customers a stable Windows experience. Please Microsoft, stop shipping frakked up drivers, or give me actual control over these updates on Windows 10, not just the illusion of it!!!

Let me be very clear: the only source of driver updates should be from the PC manufacturer. Microsoft has always sucked at this, and their new “we know best” model with Windows 10 shows how out of touch they are with this subject.

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7 Comments on Driver Updates By Windows Update Are Ruining Windows 10 For Me

  1. cristian ceobanu // September 25, 2015 at 4:38 PM // Reply

    Hopefully Microsoft will listen to customers and give us back the control 🙂

  2. Similar problem to me too. My Dell latitude will occasionally blacks out and came back after 5s. I suspect is Intel graphics driver but I always forget to keep track of the version whether or not Microsoft update pushes down a new one.

  3. Andrew Duffin // October 6, 2015 at 10:40 AM // Reply

    If my update source is a WSUS server does that not give me back control?

    Or have MS borked this in some way?

  4. Agree that it’s the primary issue here…
    Even on machines as ancient as the Latitude D630, which should be relatively stable after 7 years; win 10 Pro insists on trying and failing to install a couple of drivers. When it tries hard enough, the machine has to be restored;
    making the OS unsuitable for work, when it cannot be relied upon to start in the morning.

  5. > Let me be very clear: the only source of driver updates should be from the PC manufacturer. Microsoft has always sucked at this, and their new “we know best” model with Windows 10 shows how out of touch they are with this subject.

    If hardware manufacturers they’re so damn lazy that they can’t even regularly submit their latest WHQL-tested drivers to Windows Update, what makes you think leaving everything in their hands is the best solution?

  6. Sorry, that should read: If hardware manufacturers *ARE so damn lazy…

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