Windows–especially Windows 10–has a bad habit of installing new updates for hardware drivers whether you want them or not.

You could go big and simply prevent Windows from downloading updates altogether, or you might have luck blocking or hiding updates.

In Device Manager, find the device you want to block updates for.

Right-click the device and choose “Properties” from the context menu.

In the Show Contents window, you’ll add the hardware IDs for the device.

You’ll need to add them one at a time, so just copy each ID from that text file you created earlier and paste it into the next available line in the “Value” column.

When you’re done adding all the hardware IDs, click OK.

Note that if you’re blocking updates for more than one device, you can just keep adding hardware IDs for all the devices to this window until you’re done.

Now, all you have to to is grab those IDs so you can access them when you configure the policy in the next step. Just click the top ID, shift-click the bottom ID to select them all, and hit Ctrl C to copy the text.

Fire up Notepad (or whatever you use to store text) and press Ctrl V to paste the values.

So, if you want to update the driver yourself, you’ll have to disable the policy you’re about to configure, update the device, and then set the policy up again.