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Disable Automatic Driver Installation

Updated on February 2, 2014

Device Installation Settings Window

Prevent your Windows 7 from automatically reinstalling driver when you uninstall it from Device manager.

This fix has been confirmed working for Windows 7 x64 from personal use.

Method 1:

1. Click on Start button and in the search field type in Device Installation Settings. Now hit enter

2. Select "No, let me choose what to do"

3. Then select "Never install driver software from Windows Update"

That should fix HP from reinstalling any driver automatically! If it still doesn't work the method below will work for sure, has worked for me on HP dv6-3000

Method 2

  1. Go to Start–>Search type in gpedit.msc

  2. On the left tab,
    • Click on Local Group Policy Editor
    • Underneath it you should see a folder Computer Configuration click on it
    • Then select Administrative Templates
    • See the folder System click on that again
    • Click on Device Installation and then click on Device Installation Restrictions
  3. So far you should be here double check:
    Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->System->Device Installation -> Click on the subfolder "Device Installation Restrictions"

  4. Right Click on Prevent Installation of Devices not described by other policy settings and edit this option,
    set it on ENABLED.

Reboot Windows, you're good to go!

Open gpedit.msc again and undo the change so you will be able to install the driver you want.

Method 3

  1. If you are trying to stop Windows from installing a OEM/vendor driver but just want the basic Windows driver try this trick. The example below is for a display card such as when you want Windows to use the Windows Standard VGA Graphics driver and not a vendor driver like AMD or Nvidia etc.

  2. After uninstalling unwanted driver, reboot and let stock driver be automatically installed by Windows (Don't worry you'll see).


  3. In device manager, right click the stock driver (e.g. AMD Display driver), click "Update Driver Software" and then "Browse my Computer for Driver Software" and then "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer"

  4. This will load a list of drivers already on your system.

  5. Scroll down on the list and select "Standard VGA Graphics Adapter" and hit OK. This will install the Standard VGA Graphics Adapter.
  6. Now replicate this to reinstall any driver back to the basic Windows driver.


Method 4: If you have an HP Laptop/Desktop

  1. Go to C:\SwSetup\Drivers and located there are your stock drivers that Windows reinstalls from. Try renaming them so that those setup files do not launch when a driver is missing.




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      gersoncracker 4 years ago

      thanks bro...

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      Professortallguy 3 years ago

      I don't have gpedit.msc

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