Windows–especially Windows 10–has a bad habit of installing new updates for hardware drivers whether you want them or not.You could go big and simply prevent Windows from downloading updates altogether, or you might have luck blocking or hiding updates.The Windows Home edition does not have Group Policy Editor.

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Now, all you have to to is grab those IDs so you can access them when you configure the policy in the next step. Just click the top ID, shift-click the bottom ID to select them all, and hit Ctrl C to copy the text.

Fire up Notepad (or whatever you use to store text) and press Ctrl V to paste the values.

In the Show Contents window, you’ll add the hardware IDs for the device.

You’ll need to add them one at a time, so just copy each ID from that text file you created earlier and paste it into the next available line in the “Value” column.

But if you’ve got the Pro or Enterprise version of Windows, you can tailor your actions a little better by using Group Policy Editor to prevent the installation or updating of specific devices.

And of course, we have a caveat for you right off the bat: setting a policy to disable updates for a device prevents both automatic and manual updates of drivers for that device.

Now that you have the right hardware IDs in hand, you’ll be using Group Policy Editor to make the changes.

Note again that you’ll need to be using a Windows Pro or Enterprise edition.

In Device Manager, find the device you want to block updates for.