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Windows 11’s Microsoft update replaces AMD GPU drivers with older versions

Problems with certain programs may arise as a result of Windows 11’s ability to automatically install drivers and replace newer drivers with outdated versions.

Emails, forum posts, and phone calls have all informed us that Reddit It appears that AMD drivers in Windows 11 are being replaced by accident when using Windows Update.

Because of this problem, users may see a message reading “Windows Update may have automatically replaced your AMD Graphics driver” and titled “AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition Warning.” Therefore, the AMD Software you have launched is incompatible with the AMD Graphics driver you have installed.

Windows 11 AMD driver error

In a proof of concept Unfortunately, the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) driver for Radeon GPU hardware that was installed by Windows Update is incompatible with the version of AMD Software that was previously installed.

It’s possible that the manufacturer provided this driver to Microsoft. Launching an unsupported version of AMD Software is rumored to trigger a warning message.

This is due to the fact that there are now two different versions of AMD Software running on the machine.

AMD suggested the following solutions to this problem.

If you’d rather use AMD Software instead, you can stop Windows Updates from installing the necessary drivers for your AMD Radeon graphics card by changing a few settings in System Properties.

  1. To access Search, press the Windows key plus the letter S.
  2. Input the preferences for device setup.
  3. Select No (your device may not function as expected) from the menu that appears after clicking Change Device installation settings.
    Just hit the “Save” button.

Users also have the option of downloading the most recent version of the AMD Software from AMD.com and performing a fresh installation.

If you’d rather use the UWP drivers that came with your PC, you can uninstall AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition from Windows Settings | Apps & features.

Prevent Windows Update from replacing AMD drivers in Windows 11

Windows 11’s Windows Update, as was mentioned at the outset, can automatically detect and incorrectly install older hardware drivers. While they function normally most of the time, hiccups are possible.

There are two ways to prevent the operating system from automatically updating drivers if compatibility issues arise with AMD software.

Using Group Policy, do the following if you’re running Windows 11 Professional or Enterprise:

  • Free Policy Editor for Groups.
  • Select Administrative Templates under Computer Configuration.
  • Initiate Windows Update by going to Windows Components.
  • Group Policy’s “Do not include driver with Windows Update” can be disabled with a double-click.
  • Turn on the policy.
  • Click OK.
  • Reboot.

The Group Policy editor might not be available in Windows 11 Home editions. Follow these steps in Windows Registry Editor:

  • Bring up the Registry Editor.
  • Follow the link below:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionDriverSearching
  • To edit the SearchOrder, double-click the DWORD key labeled SearchOrderConfig.
  • Swap the one with a zero.
  • Click OK.
  • Reboot.

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