About a month or so ago I wrote about Microsoft’s plans to automatically update gaming related drivers. Now Microsoft has spilled the beans on Build 15002 of Windows 10 and it does indeed include this feature. However, the good news is that you can opt out and prevent Windows Update from automatically downloading and installing driver updates.
All you have to do is head into your Windows Update settings and uncheck the box for “Include driver updates when I update Windows”. This will now prevent them from downloading. Bear in mind this version of Windows 10 isn’t live just yet, so you won’t be able to do this change right now.
This solves part of the problem, but it doesn’t solve the entire issue. Windows 10 won’t automatically download graphics card driver updates although the Windows Store will. If you buy a Windows Store game it will automatically trigger an attempt to update to the latest version of GeForce Experience or Radeon Crimson. Microsoft will tag certain AAA titles and then Windows 10 will locate all of the necessary drivers online, rolling them into a standard Windows Update.
In addition to the driver downloads, this new build also lets W10 users pause updates for up to 35 days. Considering Windows 10 seems to love updating at the most awkward times, this could come in handy for scheduling them to a more convenient point.
What's your take on this? Is Microsoft doing enough to allow you to opt out? Or do you still feel control is being taken away from the end user?