Microsoft included automatic software updates on Windows 10 in order to keep people up to date and using the most secure software. However, the opposite happened after beta testers wereforced to download a Nvidia driver that kept causing crashes. These types of crashes due to faulty updates are rare, but the episode caught Microsoft’s attention and they offered a way to resolve it. On a support page, Microsoft offers a troubleshooter file for download that prevents drivers or updates from being automatically installed.
In order to do this, download the troubleshooter from the support page and open it. Once it’s running, you’ll have the option to hide or show hidden updates. “Hide updates” is Microsoft’s polite way of saying “stop these crazy updates!” so you’ll want to click that.
Next you’ll see a list of automatic updates with boxes next to them. Click any of the box corresponding to the update you don’t want and hit next.
If you ever want to see which automatic updates you prohibited, choose “show hidden updates” instead of “hide updates” on the initial screen. This will reveal the list of hidden updates and give you the option of unchecking them. So it’s no big deal if you change your mind later.
Keep in mind that this will only prevent future automatic updates, but if you want to uninstall an already installed update or driver, you’ll have to do that separately. To uninstall updates go to the search bar in the bottom left corner and type “view installed updates.” This will bring up a control panel, and once you have located the update, select it and choose uninstall. To uninstall drivers, open the Device Manager, choose the bad driver and choose uninstall. From there you’ll be able to select “delete the driver software for this device.” After that you should be all set.