Windows 10 Includes an Update-Blocking Driver Fail Safe Tool

By James O Malley on at

A new Windows 10 feature will enable users to opt out of installing certain updates to Microsoft's new operating system - which should help get around potential driver conflicts.

Our pals at TechRadar report that the update appears to have been prompted by a glitchy Nvidia graphics card driver. Microsoft has released the new feature in update KB3073930 to Windows 10 Insiders (the people who are already testing Windows 10) - it will presumably be included by default in the official launch version of the OS later this week.

Awkwardly for Microsoft, the glitch was only uncovered following an earlier mandatory patch to the beta version of Windows 10 which ended up breaking multi-monitor setups and causing other glitches.

TechRadar reports that you can install the patch if you're already running Windows 10 by downloading wushowhide.diagcab and running Windows Update - where you'll get to choose which components you want.

The update presents a bit of a trade-off for Windows users: Whilst it may be useful in this specific circumstance, the ability to switch off Windows Update could be bad news for security as it means that potential vulnerabilities in the future may not be automatically patched. So we'd perhaps recommend only opting out of updates if you really, really know what you're doing. [TechRadar]