I recently upgraded from Windows 8.1 to 10. In 8.1 I used default system driver for sound card in my Toshiba Portege Z30 (it has different settings for headphones/speakers)

But Windows 10 always automatically instals Realtek High Definition Audio. I can delete it all day, it always comes back even though default driver works fine as in 8.1.

I tried the tool to hide this update, it did not help.

Is there any way how can I keep the default driver? Disabling Realtek in Device Manager did not help - I am left without sound.

Thanks, this is driving me crazy.

EDIT: Disabled installing driver software via Windows Update, but it still instals "Realtek Semiconductor Corp. - Audio Device, Other hardware - Realtek High Definition Audio" and requiers restart.


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Try this:

Control Panel>System>Advanced system settings>Hardware tab>Device Installation Settings button

tick "never install driver software from Windows Updates"

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  • Thanks, seems like solution.. However this will cause problems when I plug any new hardware right?
    – Filip
    Aug 20, 2015 at 20:40
  • I assume so, I never trusted Windows update for drivers, too may blue screens and other serious issues. I always download them from the manufacturer and install at my convenience.
    – Moab
    Aug 20, 2015 at 20:50
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    You can probably still use the "old school" driver wizard to obtain drivers from Windows Update, on demand-ish.
    – Daniel B
    Aug 20, 2015 at 21:18
  • Looks like this did not help :/ Windows Update today installed "Realtek Semiconductor Corp. - Audio Device, Other hardware - Realtek High Definition Audio" and wants PC restart.
    – Filip
    Aug 21, 2015 at 8:14
  • WTF Microsoft, what is that setting for then, I hope W10 bombs worse than Vista did.
    – Moab
    Aug 24, 2015 at 15:49

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