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Windows 10 Gets New Automatic Driver Installation Method

Microsoft says Windows 10 will soon be able to how the platform handles driver installations when a peripheral is first connected.


During this year, has been tweaking how driver updates install on . In its latest change, the company says there is a new system for how manual drivers automatically install on the platform.

Windows users are familiar with how the platform reacts when a new peripheral connects for the first time. Specifically, if the device has a manual (optional) driver, it would be available on and install automatically.

Users have had no control over these updates. Microsoft now says starting next month (November 5), the following changes will come to Windows 10:

  1. “Automatic driver updates will automatically be installed on your machine either when you plug-in a peripheral device for the first time, or when a device manufacturer publishes a driver to Windows Update. In other words, there will be no change to the plug-and-play scenario when an automatic driver is available on Windows Update.
  2. Manual driver updates can be installed manually on your machine if you specifically request them by navigating to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > View optional updates.”

Available in Windows 10 version 2004, the new install process means the platform will no longer search for optional drivers if an automatic one is available.

Changing Driver Updates

Back in January, Microsoft announced how Windows now blocks faulty driver updates. Microsoft will target cohorts (specified telemetry data) to gauge the compatibility of a driver with the receiving hardware. This assessment will include checking the cohorts, which a system groups for devices that have the same targeting attributes.

However, it does not seem this system is working too well. Last month, driver updates were somehow reaching incompatible devices and causing problems on those products.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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