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Preventing automatic driver update

  1. #1

    Posts : 5
    Win8 64bit

    Preventing automatic driver update


    I had a (known) problem affecting the use of Enterprise Wifi networks. Long story short, the solution is to downgrade drivers to a lower OS level. I manually installed Vista drivers for my WiFi, problem solved.

    Enter Win8 x64 automatic driver updates. After reboot or after some time, my Vista driver is automagicallly replaced with the default driver for my card (Atheros AR 9285), and my connection can no longer be authenticated and is dropped.

    I tried disabling automatic driver search through windows update, but the newer driver is already bundled on my system. Thus the new driver is still installed. I can't easily delete the driver, as the filenames in c:\windows\system32\drivers are the same for both versions and they overwrite each other; I don't know where the newer copy is stored as well, a copy of it must live in some additional path as well, as does some inf file that comes with Win8.

    Does anyone know of a way to lock a particular driver version in place? I don't mind automatic driver updates in general, but I'd like Win8 not to touch my WiFi drivers, at least not until the root cause in the latest drivers has been fixed.



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  2. #2

    Posts : 21,862
    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Martijn, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You might see if doing this may help:

    Hope this helps,
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  3. #3

    Posts : 5
    Win8 64bit

    Thanks for your tip Shawn. I gave it a spin.

    That was already set by me, but I double-checked

    I am not offered the tickbox to delete driver software for this device. Note that these are not drivers that I downloaded, but they came bundled with the windows install, either on disk or pulled from windows update. Perhaps it is not allowed to remove them?

    Uninstall thus only removes the device, and after scan hardware it reappears, including the offending driver

    • Reinstall the Vista driver

    I did just that manually, until the next reboot that is.

    Perhaps I'll try and make the right driver read only in c:\windows\system32\drivers, see if that helps..
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