Right now, it’s not at all clear how Windows 10 will handle it when reviewers need to install pre-release drivers from Nvidia or AMD. If I’m running a private driver that supports Fury Nano or the GTX Super Titan XYZ, the last thing we need is an OS that attempts to install drivers that aren’t actually qualified for the download card.
For whatever the reason it might be, you can stop the operating system from trying to use Windows Update to download driver updates. Fortunately, a little-known feature called Device Installation Settings will allow you to reconfigure Windows 10’s ability to detect and install updated device drivers. Windows 10 comes with a huge database of device drivers, allowing you to install and use just about any known hardware device. Once a device driver is installed, the operating system will essentially add it to a watch list and can regularly check Windows Update for new or updated drivers. I’m happy to acknowledge that relatively few people need to be able to block driver installs or control software versions, but for the people who need to do it, it’s absolutely critical.
You will now see the option that says Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them. Select it and now your computer will check for updates, but never download or install them without your permission. Drivers on disc are often quite outdated, and/or branded, such that you won’t be notified of updates to reference versions that get to Windows Update, which sometimes can matter.
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A device driver is the software that tells your computer’s hardware how to work with the operating system. You should ensure that you have the most suitable and newest drivers installed for your company’s IT hardware since this is essential for security, reliability and performance. Windows automatically installs default generic drivers for most basic hardware, but in many cases you should replace them in order to take advantage of all of the features of the device.
Windows 7 and 8 provide driver updates via Windows Update, too, but Microsoft is being much more aggressive about this in Windows 10. Even if you install your own hardware drivers, Windows sometimes automatically overwrite them when a new version is available. Windows is pretty good about not overwriting things like graphics drivers, though—especially if you’ve got a utility from the manufacturer that keeps up with updates. Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs drivers for your devices when you first connect them.
- If your hardware is working as intended, it’s best to let it be, since new drivers can introduce problems as well as fix them.
- In general, though, you shouldn’t need to update your drivers very often.
- Once all the updated software has successfully been installed, “VAIO Update is leaving “OS Upgrade Mode” message will appear, click OK.
- If, however, you’re having issues with a specific piece of hardware—or you know one of your drivers has a security flaw that needs fixing—it might be a good idea to update it.
- Download the installer, and install it like you would any other program.
Do I really need to upgrade to Windows 10?
No one can force you to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10, but it’s a really good idea to do so — the main reason being security. Without security updates or fixes, you’re putting your computer at risk — especially dangerous, as many forms of malware target Windows devices.
Optional drivers are provided by Microsoft; they are not installed automatically but may be installed. Up until now, users had to use the device Manager to install driver updates if provided by Microsoft. The Windows Update feature is the simplest way to update drivers. Not only does it check for OS updates like Feature or Quality updates, but it also checks for system drivers.
In most cases, this approach is optimal, since guarantees the installation of the latest driver versions that have been verified by Microsoft. However, in some cases the user deliberately uses the old driver versions and doesn’t want them to be updated automatically by Windows through Window Update.