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Why is Windows 10 automatically installing beta catalyst drivers?

Question asked by tgp1994 on Oct 22, 2015
Latest reply on Oct 24, 2015 by black_zion

Today marks the second time in as many months that Windows 10 has decided it will automatically install beta Catalyst drivers. The only way I noticed was when Raptr notified me that I need to "update to the latest driver, 15.7.1" (thanks, Raptr). Obviously I was running the latest stable version at one point, but now Windows updated me (again) to the beta drivers. Currently, the driver version reads 15.201.1151.0, dated August 21 2015 and signed by Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher. If I could ask a few questions:

 

  • Why are these drivers getting signed and pushed to/by Microsoft?
  • Is there any way to prevent Windows from specifically installing graphics drivers (I don't mind the occasional mouse or printer driver from Windows Updates)?

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