Block Windows or driver update in Windows 10

If you are one of them, looking to prevent or block specific update specific Windows or Driver updates from being installed on your PC. Notice the problem started After installing a recent KB update, Or due to some reason the same update gets installed again and again. You are at the right place, here in this post, we discuss, how to temporarily block system updates or drivers from being reinstalled again the next time new Windows updates are available.

Note: This does NOT disable Windows Updates. It restores the functionality of showing/hiding updates.

This tutorial will apply for computers, laptops, desktops,and tablets running the Windows 10 operating system (Home, Professional, Enterprise, Education) from all supported hardware manufacturers, like Dell, HP, Acer, Asus, Toshiba,Lenovo, and Samsung).

Show or hide updates on Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10, Microsft is set to download and install the latest cumulative updates (Windows Updates) automatically, Whenever it’s connected to Microsoft server. But sometimes a specific update might temporarily cause issues with your device and this causes you to need a way to prevent the problematic update from reinstalling automatically. For this, Microsoft has released an official “Show or hide updates” troubleshooter that helps to stop and resume a specific system update and driver update.

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How to block a Windows update or driver update

First of all, visit the official support page How to temporarily prevent a Windows or driver update from reinstalling in Windows 10 download the show hide troubleshooter.

Also, you can click this link to direct download the utility its a small executable file of only 45.5KB, named wushowhide.diagcab.

Open your download folder and double-click on the wushowhide.diagcab file to open the troubleshooter.

show hide update Troubleshooter

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Click Next to begin, The tool starts checking for Windows 10 updates, app updates, and driver updates and represents the screen below the image. Here Click the Hide updates option to block one or more Windows, app, or driver updates from being installed in Windows 10.

hide updates

This will detect and display a list of available updates that can be blocked. Click or tap to select each update that you want to hide and block from installing, then press Next.

Keep in mind that this app does not block all Windows 10 updates, only those that Microsoft allows you to block. If you are looking for completely disable windows 10 automatic update installation check this post

select update to hide

The “Show or hide updates” tool takes a bit of time to mark all the selected updates as hidden. As such, these updates will be skipped from the installation on your Windows 10 device. When done, the tool provides you with a list of blocked updates as shown in the image below.

update hidden

If you want to know more details about these blocked updates click on the “view detailed information” link on the bottom of the windows. Which gives you detailed information of everything that “Show or hide updates” did. That’s all you have successfully blocked specific updates being installed on your device.

Show and unblock hidden Windows 10 updates or drivers

If you have changed your mind or the problematic update bug is fixed and want to install them, you can use the “Show or hide updates” tool to unblock them.

Again Run wushowhide.diagcab to begin the process of unhiding updates from your Windows 10 PC or device, click or tap Next. When asked what you want to do, this time select “Show hidden updates.”

show hidden updates

The tool checks and detect the list of blocked Windows update and driver updates. Here select the updates you want to unblock and want Windows 10 to install again, automatically, through Windows Update. Press Next.

select hidden updates

That’s all the “Show or hide updates” tool unblocks the hidden updates and shows you a report of what it has done. And next time your Windows 10 computer or device checks for updates, it automatically downloads and installs the updates that you unblocked.

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