Windows 10: More Control
News has it that, in the very close future, a Windows 10 update will allow users to opt-out of automatic driver updates, finally giving Windows 10 user full control of their hardware.
This new feature has already been found in the recently leaked 15002 build of Windows 10 Insiders edition, which is expected to be released to testers by the end of this month of January. This new feature is expected to arrive on Windows 10 when the "Creators Update" begins its launch coming sometime in Spring of 2017.
Upon receiving this, ironically automatic update, Windows 10 will grant you the ability to stop including driver updates in Windows 10's update options menu, which in turn finally stop Windows 10 from automatically installing any wrong GPU drivers, sound drivers and other peripheral drivers to give PC users a more "fuller" control of their hardware.
On the one hand, I am actually glad to see Microsoft finally taking some steps to give their users more control over their hardware, but there’s no reason why these features shouldn’t be extended to Windows 10 Home Premium.
Why is the ability to defer updates for 35 days to see if they have problems something only professional users might want to do? We’ve seen a number of flaws in updates shoved out to Windows 10 users over the past 18 months, from Anniversary Update issues with virtually all webcams to USB problems with Amazon’s Kindle that blue-screened PCs as soon as the latter was plugged in.
Wanting to wait a bit over a month to install updates isn’t crazy given Microsoft’s track record of breaking things, I for one have defered updating for months as certain updates were completely broken in Windows 8. Also Microsoft has already said certain types of updates, like Windows Defender security updates, will be pushed out regardless.
But so far this is Windows and Microsoft saying "Happy New Year!"