Stop windows from updating

First, sign in with an administrative account and open the Group Policy Editor by hitting Start, typing “gpedit.msc”, and then pressing Enter.In the Group Policy window, in the left-hand pane, drill down to Computer Configuration Device Installation Restrictions.On the device’s properties window, click the “Details” tab.From the “Property” drop-down menu, choose “Hardware Ids” to display the IDs associated with the device.Now that you have the right hardware IDs in hand, you’ll be using Group Policy Editor to make the changes.Note again that you’ll need to be using a Windows Pro or Enterprise edition.It just won’t be able to install them, instead reporting an installation error in the Windows Update window.This won’t get in the way of other updates being successfully installed and you can always hide that particular update if you’d rather not see it in Windows Update at all.

Also, since the device is still registered, Windows Update may download new driver updates for the device.

If you want to re-enable the policy again, you’ll have to re-enter all the hardware IDs.

This is especially important to note if you’ve got hardware IDs for multiple devices entered. It’s not a perfect solution, but using Group Policy to disable updating specific devices at least gives you a little more control than having to disable updates altogether.

Back on the policy page, click OK to apply the policy change and then you can exit the Group Policy Editor.

The only way to really test the new settings is by trying to install an updated driver or waiting for Windows Update to try.

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