Windows 10 driver update changes may break plug-and-play support

Posted on Friday, October 30 2020 @ 12:11 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Neowin reports Microsoft is making changes to how it delivers manual drivers updates to Windows 10 users. Starting on November 5, the operating system will return a Driver Not Found (DNF) error when you plug in a device that does not have automatic updates. Basically, this means plug-and-play becomes more plug-and-pray if you're using a device that relies on manual updates. On the bright side, the change does give users more control over their system.
Earlier 'automatic drivers' drivers were automatically installed when a device is plugged in for the first time. If the automatic driver is not available, Windows used to install the manual driver as a part of the plug-and-play feature to get the device up and running. However, the new change means if a user plugs in a peripheral that does not have an automatic update available, Windows will return a Driver Not Found (DNF) error and the device won't work. To remedy this, users will need to manually install the driver by navigating to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > View optional updates.

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