Windows 10 bug triggers driver update loop: how to prevent it

Windows 10 driver update loop
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In addition to feature and cumulative updates, Windows Update
on Windows 10 is also responsible for installing drivers for
components like display, Bluetooth, audio, and connected
devices.

Windows 10 offers smooth upgrade experience for most of the
users, but there is that little disruption where you can’t use
Windows Update when the process is plagued with issues.

After the release of Windows 10 May 2020 Update on May 27, some
OEMs such as Asus have pushed out an updated display driver to
better support the update. Unfortunately, some users have come
across a display driver update that stops midway with vague
error messages.

According to several threads posted on Microsoft’s answer
forum, Windows Update would keep pushing an older driver even
when the driver has already been successfully installed and the
process gets stuck in an installation loop.

Windows Update error
Image Courtesy: Reddit

Windows 10 driver installation loop can be frustrating to deal
with as Windows Update will nag you with a warning message
every time you check for updates.

In addition, an error message stating that “current driver on
your PC may be better than the driver we’re trying to install.
We’ll keep trying to install” is displayed.

But what causes it? Typically, the fault can be traced to one
of the two things:

  • Windows Update cache.
  • A bug that prevents Windows Update from checking the
    installed driver version.

Basically, something in the Windows Update process goes awry
and it will result in an infinite loop of installation
failures.

In this article, we’ve highlighted the things to keep in mind
when you come across an update that gets in an installation
loop midway and paralyses your Windows Update page.

How to prevent a specific driver update in Windows 10

To block a particular driver update in Windows 10, follow these
steps:

  1. Download “Show or hide updates” troubleshooter package from
    Microsoft’s website.
  2. Click ‘Next’ to start checking for updates.
  3. Click ‘Hide updates’.
  4. If that driver update is available, check the box next to
    the driver name. If you don’t see the driver listed, reboot the
    system and check for updates in the Settings. Once the update
    shows up in the Settings, open “Show or hide updates”
    troubleshooter again and select the driver that you do not want
    to install.
  5. Click ‘Next’ to temporarily block the update
  6. Close the tool and open Settings > Update & Security.
  7. In the Settings app, check for updates again and the driver
    package will not show up again.

It’s worth noting that there is always chatter about driver
update loop issue, but with Windows 10 version 2004 update
release, the noise is definitely louder and it’s likely that
OEMs have pushed out drivers in order to address possible
compatibility issues.

Windows 10 May 2020 Update is off to a robust start and is
gradually rolling out to more devices. According to a survey
sample based on almost 150,000 Windows 10 machines, version
2004 is being adopted by users much faster than Microsoft’s
last year updates.

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