Sorry for the cryptic title. Recently a friend was installing Windows 10 on an old PC with an AMD processor. Windows Update kept installing a driver. After the driver installed the PC would attempt to reboot but fail. 3 hard reboots would cause Windows 10 to roll back and all was good until Windows Update installed it again.
Similarly I have an old HP CP1025NW printer. It works fine with Windows 10 but Windows Update keeps trying to install different drivers. The install always fails.
Usually Windows Update will try a couple of times and then go quiet. However recently when Windows Update failed to install the printer driver the whole Windows Update process hung up.
Microsoft has a tool that will let you block updates.
In Windows 10, your device is always kept up-to-date to have the latest features and fixes. Drivers are installed automatically so that you don’t have to select which updates are needed. In rare cases, a specific driver might temporarily cause issues that affect your device. In this situation, you can prevent the problematic driver from reinstalling automatically the next time Windows Updates are installed.
There’s a download on that page for wushowhide.diagcab. Just save it to your desktop and double-click it.
Click on “Next” and it will go look for pending updates.
Click on “Hide updates”.
Select the updates you want to block and click on “Next”. Unfortunately Microsoft tends to rerelease updates so blocked updates will reappear from time to time. Just repeat the Show-Hide process again.
Originally published at blog.benmoore.info on February 26, 2018.