Windows 10: Upcoming driver changes may interrupt plug-and-play

Upcoming changes to the way Windows 10 automatically installs driver updates may for some devices cause the plug-and-play function to stop.

In February 2020, Microsoft urged hardware manufacturers to label the submitted drivers as "Automatic" or "Manual".

Drivers labeled "Automatic" are automatically installed by Windows 10 when a related hardware or device is first connected to a computer.

Windows Update is also used for automatic driver delivery to allow hardware developers to quickly deploy fixes to Windows 10 users who encounter errors in an existing driver.

When drivers are marked as "Manual", Windows 10 will automatically install the driver as part of the operating system plug-and-play to enable and run new hardware if no automatic driver is available .

However, manual drivers will not be installed automatically via Windows Update and will be displayed and installed manually via Windows 10 Optional Updates.

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Upcoming changes could affect plug-and-play
Since November, Microsoft has been making some small changes to the way manually develop drivers that might stop adding and playing on some devices.

On November 5, 2020, drivers labeled "Automatic" will continue to be installed automatically by Windows 10 when a new device is connected to a computer.

Manual drivers, however, will no longer be installed as part of the plug-and-play process and will only be available through the Optional Updates section, as Microsoft explains in a new blog post .

With this change, if a device is connected to a computer and no automatic driver is available, instead of looking for a manual driver, Windows 10 will issue a DNF (Driver Not Found) error and the hardware will not work automatically.

To install the driver manually, the user must go to Windows Update> View Optional Updates and install it from there.

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This change is a bit strange as it breaks the proper plug-and-play function for some devices in Windows 10.

The only way there will be no problem is if each device has at least one automatic driver that can be used to prepare the new hardware.

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