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Need help disabling Automatic Driver Installation in Win8

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit

    Need help disabling Automatic Driver Installation in Win8


    Okay, so here is an issue I have never ran into before with any Windows Operating system, including Windows 7. I am doing some testing on my computer, and I'm trying to do a *CLEAN* install of my video drivers. I uninstall all of the relevant drivers from Programs and Features. After that, I restart my computer. Upon restart, Windows decides it wants to automatically install the default drivers that it comes with.

    Fair enough. I go to Device Manager and uninstall the drivers manually, stating that I want to delete those drivers as well. Restart. Windows, again, decides it wants to install the default drivers.

    Okay. I go into System Settings, Advanced Settings, and I change the Settings so that Windows no longer looks for drivers via Windows Update. Re-uninstall all drivers (again, specifying that I wish to delete the drivers) and restart. Window STILL persists in installing default drivers. At this point I'm getting desperate, so I go into gpedit.msc and disable automatic installation of devices. Restart. This resolves the issue, but the problem with altering this setting is now I cannot manually install those drivers as well. As soon as I reenable the setting, Windows immediately starts reinstalling the default video drivers.

    I'm at a loss. I have no idea how to prevent Windows 8 from auto installing video drivers. Is there a setting that I can change that will prevent Windows from automatically searching for what it perceives to be new hardware? If I can change that, then I may be able to manually install my drivers without overlapping old drivers.

    Anyone know how to accomplish this? Thank you.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit


    Also disabled Universal Plug and Play in Services; Windows still installs the default drivers. I decided to just manually select Basic Display Adapter in Device Manager and install on both of my video cards. I do not like this method, but hopefully it works for my intents and purposes.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    How exactly do you expect the OS to boot if it doesn't have a video driver? Windows has to install at least the default driver, otherwise it will not be able to function.

    I don't understand what you mean by "overlapping old drivers"? What problem are you trying to solve?
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