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How to Prevent Windows 10 from Automatically Updating Your Video Card Driver

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Written by: Michael Nolte, Application Engineer

With recent Windows updates, as a DASI Solutions HelpDesk Application Engineer, I’ve seen an increase in tickets where users have installed a SOLIDWORKS.com approved video card driver and after a few days or weeks, SOLIDWORKS begins to run really slow.

During the time between when the video driver was updated and the issue shows itself, the system has had a few Windows updates. One of the updates was the video card driver, with no prompt to the user. To verify the driver version, you can check in the SOLIDWORKS Rx program or in the Windows device manager. Compare it to SOLIDWORKS approved video card drivers and it will be of the wrong version.

I’m here to show you how you can use the local group policy to block the unintentional update of the video card driver away from the SOLIDWORKS approved driver.

Visit this website to look up which video card driver you need and download again if necessary.

To proceed, you will need local admin rights to your system or contact your IT department. You may also need to make a reminder that you will need to disable these steps when you do want to update your driver yourself down the road. To get started, either go into Windows Device Manager and rollback your video driver or reinstall the video card driver.

 

Rolling Back a Device Driver

Start Device Manager. Right-click the Windows start button in the lower-left corner of the desktop, and then select Device Manager.

Locate and right-click the device that has the problem driver installed, and then select Properties.

Select the Driver tab, and then select Roll Back Driver.

Windows Device Manager

Under Display adapter, open up your video card properties and select the Driver tab. Click on the ‘Roll Back Driver’ button if it’s available.

Video Card Properties

 

Reinstalling Video Driver… Might as Well Install it ‘Clean’

If installing a Nvidia Quadro card driver, select the Advanced option.Advanced Options

Then,on the Custom Installations options window, select ‘Perform a clean installation’ options.

Custom Installation Options - Video Driver

 

Locking Down Your Video Card Driver

After you have rolled back the video driver or reinstalled the video driver, then follow these steps to stop Windows 10 from allowing another video driver from being installed, manually or by auto Windows updates.

Start Device Manager. Right-click the Windows start button in the lower-left corner of the desktop, and then select Device Manager.

Expand ‘Display adapters’, change to the details tab and set the Property dropdown to ‘Hardware Ids’

Device Manager - Display Adapters

Copy each of the lines in the Value box, mine has 4 but yours might be different. Notepad or something similar is useful to paste them in to retain them for the next step.

Open the ‘Local Group Policy Editor’ by typing in ‘edit group policy’ in the Windows search.

Edit Group Policy

In the ‘Local Group Policy Editor’ browse down to ‘Device Installation Restrictions’

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Device Installation > Device Installation Restrictions

Group Policy Editor

Then Open the ‘Prevent installation of devices that match any of these device IDs’ by double clicking on this option on the right side of this window.

Change the option to ‘Enabled’.

Then we’ll need to tell Windows which hardware IDs not to allow the update of the driver; click the ‘Show’ button.

Prevent Update to Video Card Driver

In the ‘Show Contents’ windows, we’ll then proceed to paste in the hardware IDs that we got from device manager. Theses where pasted into a notepad earlier on in this post.

Prevent Updates of Video Card Driver

To be able to install your own video card driver you will need to ‘disable’ this option while you install the video driver and then re-paste in the hardware IDs when you re-enable it.

 

 

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