Updating hardware

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

Right-click the device and choose “Properties” from the context menu.

First, sign in with an administrative account and open the Group Policy Editor by hitting Start, typing “gpedit.msc”, and then pressing Enter.

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The Windows Home edition does not have Group Policy Editor.

RELATED: Be warned that Group Policy is a pretty powerful tool, so if you’ve never used it before, it’s worth taking some time to learn what it can do.

So, if you want to update the driver yourself, you’ll have to disable the policy you’re about to configure, update the device, and then set the policy up again.

That said, with a little preparation to minimize the hassle, we think you’ll find it worth the effort. First, we’re going to use Device Manager to find the hardware IDs for the device in question, and then we’re going to use Group Policy Editor to block installation or updating of the device that matches those IDs.

Also, if you’re on a company network, do everyone a favor and check with your admin first.

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