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I have a Mid 2011 27" Imac with Windows 8. It works mostly fine with the latest bootcamp drivers, I don't have sound in the integrated sound card since I upgraded from Windows 7, but I use bluetooth headphones anyway. But Windows show two driver updates in Windows Update: an update to the Intel integrated graphics and an update to the SATA AHCI. One of these drivers crashes the system upon install and each reboot thereafter (I identified which once, but forgot).

My problem is that the Windows 8.1 update comes with these drivers and crashes during install on the "Setting up your devices" step. So I'm currently unable to update. Is there any way to block these drivers from being installed with windows 8.1? or a way to replace these with the bootcamp version in the window of time between their installation and their activation?

Edit: Just in case anyone wonders, disabling the device in the device manager won't change the outcome.

Update (28/02/2014): The new version of the bootcamp drivers which officially support windows 8.1 still give me this problem, both updating and installing from scratch.

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  • Just so anyone coming here knows: To this day I haven't found a solution to this, I'll probably have to wait until Apple decides to release updated BootCamp Drivers. That's if I haven't sold it when the time comes... Commented Jan 20, 2014 at 15:39
  • I'd be very surprised if the SATA drivers were the culprit... When the system crashes what does the Event Viewer say when you've recovered?
    – Kinnectus
    Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 6:59
  • Somehow, windows seems to think that a driver for another device is a valid update for it, maybe that specific hwid slip into the compatible devices list for the driver. Finally last month I got to solve this though I didn't take note of the steps I took (I didn't think it'd work) so I cannot post a reliable answer to this question. All I can recall is that I did have to update the driver and uninstall it afterwards, maybe booting in safe-mode. Commented Jul 8, 2014 at 7:31

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You can't disable the automatically installation of drivers for a specific device. But you can choose, that you can choose, what to do, at the device-manager.

Follow this tutorial from wiki-how:

  1. Search for "Change device" in the Windows 8 Start menu. enter image description here
  2. Click on where it says Change device installation settings. enter image description here
  3. Select the No, let me choose what to do option. enter image description here
  4. Check the automatically get the device app option, then click Save changes to save the settings you just chose.

    Important Now check the Never install drivers from windows update option. enter image description here

source

If you can't access the search (like in safe mode), you can open the "Device Installation Settings" Window with the following command:

rundll32.exe newdev.dll,DeviceInternetSettingUi 2
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  • I doubt this applies to the Windows 8.1 update process. These are settings for the normal operation of the OS. But worth a try. Commented Oct 25, 2013 at 7:57
  • Yeah, I doubt this has any effect on the update to 8.1, but I'll try anyway. Commented Oct 25, 2013 at 8:03
  • Because it's just an update, it should work. And if windows doesn't ask you if you want to change driver-settings during installation, than it should keep your settings
    – Christian
    Commented Oct 25, 2013 at 8:06
  • Nah, didn't work, same result. It's a shame, all of my other Macs updated flawlessly, but this one, precisely the one I use the most, is giving me headaches. The previews worked well, until they packaged the drivers in the RTM and retail Commented Oct 25, 2013 at 13:57
  • Note that these instructions apply to drivers downloaded from the Internet (Windows Update). It does not control automatic driver installation from local Windows driver repositories (pre-installed drivers). It takes effect only when no local drivers are available, unless you can provide drivers yourself by manually installing them from an external storage medium (e.g. CD, DVD, or USB).
    – Samir
    Commented Mar 21, 2015 at 22:49
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In earlier versions of Windows, it was possible to stop Windows from installing a particular driver. You could hide an individual update. That feature seems to have been removed in Windows 8.1

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