Microsoft Windows 10 Update Blocking Custom Driver Installation And Preventing Updates Causing Issues?

Windows 10 has been allowing the installation of custom drivers for quite some time, but that privilege might be coming to an end. Microsoft has acknowledged that Windows 10 OS’s internal management could hinder the installation of custom drivers, leading to system instability and other issues. While the prevention method is deployed with an intention to ensure Windows 10 system accepts and receives only verified, stable drivers, such a condition could hamper computer users who need specific drivers for their hardware to function.

Microsoft has been overhauling the update process for third-party drivers. It appears an error is preventing the installation of driver updates. While the error might be unintentional, the blockage can potentially prove troublesome for several PC users who have procured drivers from other sources for hardware running on their Windows 10 OS system.

Windows 10 Might Not Allow To Manually Install Third-Party Custom Drivers In The Future?

Windows Update has been one of the most critical aspects of the Windows 10 OS ecosystem for quite some time. It provides maintenance and security patches for Windows 10, Microsoft products and as well as updates for device drivers. Microsoft admits driver updates through its Update platform, and they have been working rather well. However, drivers delivered through Windows 10 Update platform aren’t always up to date or optimized.

Several Windows 10 OS users have indicated that they routinely prefer custom drivers instead of those available through Windows Update. To date, Windows 10 has allowed users to manually install drivers on their devices. However, lately, this arrangement seems to have stopped working correctly and is causing some weird roadblocks.

Apparently, a bug reportedly prevents users from deploying their choice of drivers. Simply put, a bug is allegedly preventing Windows 10 OS users from installing third-party drivers which have been sourced outside of the Windows 10 Update platform. Interestingly, Microsoft has claimed that the ‘Memory Integrity’ setting could block drivers from loading. A driver installation initiated by the end-user might stall or end abruptly with any of the following Error or Warning Messages:

Warning:

  • “A driver cannot be loaded on this device.”
  • “You receive this message because the Memory Integrity setting in Windows Security Settings prevents a driver from loading onto your device. Here are a few options you can try if you want to use this driver:
  • See if an updated and compatible driver is available through Windows Update or from the driver manufacturer.
  • If that doesn’t work, try disabling the memory integrity setting in Windows Security.
  • If you choose to continue using your device without resolving the driver problem, you may find that the features supported by the driver are no longer working, which could have consequences that range from negligible to serious. “

How To Turn Off Memory Integrity Setting In Windows Security App To Address The Driver Blocking Bug:

Many users are claiming that Windows 10 OS Update Platform often delivers and installs older versions of drivers. Experts indicate Microsoft values system stability and consider an older but working driver as more critical than a newer but potentially unstable or untested driver. Some users have also claimed that Windows 10 routinely overwrites the custom driver currently installed on their PCs with an older version of the driver.

About the recent driver blocking bug, Microsoft has warned, “If you choose to continue using your device without addressing the driver problem, you might discover that the functionality the driver supports does not work any longer, which could have consequences ranging from negligible to severe,”

To address the bug, there’s a temporary workaround. It essentially involves turning the Memory Integrity Setting off in the Windows Security App. Here are the steps:

  • Open Start and navigate to Settings.
  • Click Update & Security and then open Windows Security.
  • In Windows Security, navigate to Device Security.
  • Under Core isolation, turn off the Memory Integrity feature.
  • A system reboot is required for the changes to take effect.

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Alap Naik Desai


A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.
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