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How to Temporarily Stop a Windows 10 Driver Update

With the recent release of a new version there are always bugs or glitches that arise. Generally the most common are driver updates by either Microsoft or the vendor. With new releases most commonly the video drivers are usually the first to have issues. In this post we will cover how to temporarily disable the Windows driver update using a tool provided by Microsoft called Show or Hide Updates troubleshooter package aka KB3073930.

In Windows 10, your device is always kept up to date with the latest features and fixes. Updates and drivers are installed automatically, with no need to select which updates are needed or not needed. Sometimes, a specific driver or update might temporarily cause issues with your device, and in this case you will need a way to prevent the problematic driver or update from reinstalling automatically the next time Windows Updates are installed.
Follow these instructions to prevent the unwanted driver or update from being installed:

To uninstall the unwanted driver:

  • Launch the Device Manager with a right click on the lower left corner of the desktop and a left click on Device Manager.
  • Located the device driver with the problem driver installed, right click and choose Uninstall.
  • In the uninstall dialog, check the box to Delete the driver software for this device if available.

To uninstall an unwanted Windows Update:

  • Type “View Installed Updates” in the Search box and then click on View Installed Updates – Control Panel from the Search results.
  • To uninstall the unwanted update, select it from the list and then click Uninstall.

To temporarily prevent the driver or update from being reinstalled until a new driver or updated fix is available, a troubleshooter is available that provides a user interface for hiding and showing Windows Updates and drivers for Windows 10.

When you click on the download link, you will be prompted to open or save wushowhide.diagcab. Opening wushowhide.diagcab will launch the troubleshooter. Then click Next to proceed and follow the instructions provided by the troubleshooter to hide the problematic driver or update.

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