I have an HP Pavilion g6-2197sa laptop running Windows 8.1. The laptop originally had Windows 7, but I upgraded to 8. When I upgraded again to Windows 8.1, my Intel HD Graphics 4000 driver stopped working. The device status reported in the driver properties window showed this message:
Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (Code 43)
This problem occurs for all variations of version 15.X (10.X) of the Intel HD Graphics 4000 driver that I have tried, including the latest version, currently 18.104.22.168.4176 (10.18.10.4176). This problem causes numerous issues with functionality, such as preventing external monitors from working.
However, I discovered that an older version, 22.214.171.12467, does work. I thought that was the problem sorted, but after every time I install this driver, the later version 10.X is reinstalled automatically again, usually after I reboot or even sleep/unsleep.
The way I install version 126.96.36.19967 each time is by going to Device Manager > Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000 > Update Driver Software > Browse my computer for driver software > Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer. Listed here are the latest version, version 188.8.131.5267, and another 10.X version.
What can I do to stop my laptop from automatically reinstalling the later version of the driver and thus keep the older, working version installed?