How To Stop Windows 7 From Automatically Downloading Drivers And Icons For Your Hardware Devices

Default settings of Windows 7 automatically downloads and install drivers on your PC. This is recommended to keep all hardware to work properly. Windows 7 obtains all its driver updates from Windows Update website. Having said that, not all driver updates go smoothly. In some scenarios, drivers lose compatibility with other drivers in your PC, and due to this your PC may become inoperable.

You have option to not make Windows 7 automatically download and install hardware updates, and would rather update drivers yourselves by directly downloading from Manufacturer of hardware, then go ahead and follow these steps:

1. Click “Start” –> right-click on “My Computer” and then select “Properties”.

2. In the left pane of System Properties window, click on “Advanced System Properties”.


3. Click on “Hardware” tab and then click on “Device Installation Settings” button.


4. Select radio button “No, let me choose what to do”.

Once you do that, you will see four more options popped up. Choose “Never install driver software from Windows Update” option.


5. Click “Save Changes” button.

That’s it. Windows will now not automatically download and update drivers and realistic icons on your PC.

Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.