Use the Show or Hide Updates tool to block unwanted Windows 10 updates, including drivers
Windows 10 Home users cannot block Windows updates. They are automatically downloaded and installed. In theory, this is OK. However, some updates can be faulty, and cause system stability issues or crashes. Fortunately, Microsoft has released a tool that anyone can use to block some updates from being installed. It is named "Show or Hide Updates" and you can use it to block or unblock Windows 10 updates for drivers, and Microsoft software. If you want to find out where to get this tool and how to use it to block unwanted updates for Windows 10, read this tutorial:
Why would you want an updates blocking tool in Windows 10?
Windows 10 Home does not let you control what updates get downloaded and installed on your computer and device. This approach has both advantages and disadvantages:
- Microsoft is making sure that most of the Windows 10 devices are running the latest version of their operating system. In an ideal situation, this that means most of us have better security and the latest features developed by Microsoft.
- If a Windows 10 update or driver update is faulty, it gets installed against your will and causes issues or crashes. Knowing that the problem is created by Windows 10's update system only makes you angry.
Considering the diversity and the sheer number of Windows 10 devices, the second situation is likely to happen to more than just a few users. That is why it is a good idea to have a tool for blocking the reinstallation of faulty updates or drivers in Windows 10.
Where to get the "Show Or Hide Updates" tool
The Windows & drivers updates blocking tool from Microsoft is named "Show or hide updates" and it is distributed as troubleshooting application. You can find the official support page and download link here: How to temporarily prevent a Windows or driver update from reinstalling in Windows 10. If you want to go straight to downloading it, click or tap this link. The tool is a small executable file of only 45.5KB, named wushowhide.diagcab.
How to use the "Show Or Hide Updates" tool to block Windows 10 updates and drivers from installing through Windows Update
Once you have downloaded the "Show or hide updates" tool, double-click or tap on it to execute it. Its user interface is similar to other Windows troubleshooters from Microsoft. To begin the process of hiding updates from your Windows 10 PC or device, click or tap Next.
The tool starts checking for Windows 10 updates, app updates and driver updates.
After a couple of seconds, it ends the search process and you get two options to choose from: Hide updates or Show hidden updates. To block one or more Windows, app or driver updates from being installed in Windows 10, press Hide updates.
The tool shows you a list of available updates that can be blocked. Keep in mind that this app does not block all Windows 10 updates, only those that Microsoft allows you to block. Click or tap to select each update that you want to hide and block from installing, then press Next.
The "Show or hide updates" tool needs a bit of time to mark all the selected updates as hidden. As such, they will be skipped from installation on your Windows 10 device. When done, the tool provides you with a list of the updates that were blocked.
If you want to see more details about the blocked updates, click or tap on the "View detailed information" link on the bottom of the window. This action gives you a detailed report of everything that "Show or hide updates" did. When finished, click or tap Close. The selected updates you hid are now blocked from installing on your system, at least until Microsoft releases new versions of them
How to use the "Show Or Hide Updates" tool to unblock (show) Windows 10 updates or drivers
If you already blocked some Windows 10 updates but, in the meantime, you changed your mind and want to install them, you can use the "Show or hide updates" tool to unblock them. Run wushowhide.diagcab. To begin the process of unhiding updates from your Windows 10 PC or device, click or tap Next. When, when asked what you want to do, click or tap "Show hidden updates."
Select the updates that you want to unblock and want Windows 10 to install again, automatically, through Windows Update. Press Next.
At the end, the "Show or hide updates" tool shows you a report of what it has done. Read it and press Close.
The next time when your Windows 10 computer or device checks for updates, it automatically downloads and installs the updates that you unblocked.
Which Windows 10 updates or drivers did you block?
Whether the policy for managing updates in Windows 10 Home is good or bad, that is under dispute. But, whether we like it or not, it is here to stay. Fortunately, the "Show or hide updates" tool provided by Microsoft is one way of blocking troublesome updates. Even if it's quite a cumbersome solution, for now, it is the only viable way of stopping bad updates. Before closing this tutorial, we would like to know which bad updates or drivers you have blocked with this tool. Was it a faulty graphics driver? Was it a troublesome Windows update? Share your story below and let's discuss.