Days before the launch of Windows 10, complaints are hitting the web about the operating system's new automatic update feature. Users of the Windows 10 preview version complain one of the latest automatic updates pushed out a WHQL certified NVIDIA driver (version 353.54) that caused issues like glitches in games, random crashes, flickering, problems with multi-display configurations, etc.
While automatic updates can be very helpful for average users, it can cause major headaches when something goes wrong. Microsoft has already pulled the bad driver but the incident is raising concern about the automated patching system of Windows 10.
As reported by Gordon Kelly on Forbes, there are many people complaining that updates to NVidia drivers -- which are installed without manual intervention -- are causing problems, and even killing computers. Scores of comments have been left on the GeForce community forum where disgruntled NVidia users have spent the last week and a half voicing their anger at what has happened.
With Windows 10 due to launch on Wednesday, the concerns expressed on the forum could well be echoed in other communities if Microsoft and hardware companies don’t take steps to address the issues. The problems the automatic update causes are quite varied. People are experiencing random crashes after the update has installed, while others have problems with multi-monitor setups. Some games -- including Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 -- suffer with graphics issues, and some users have found themselves thrown into recovery mode.
Fortunately, it will still be possible to prevent the system from installing driver updates automatically. We hear this feature can still be found in the "System" tab of the configuration screen. To the right of the screen you can click on "change settings", this opens a new screen where you can navigate to a tab called "Hardware". The "Hardware" tab gives access to a "Device Installation Settings menu" where you can disable automatic driver downloads.