Windows 10 Device Manager lost the ability to update drivers over the Internet.

Microsoft allows users to download, install, or update drivers on Windows 10 in a variety of ways, and typically multiple ways to obtain Windows updates and drivers from device manufacturers. Microsoft has also been allowing users to update device drivers and components using Device Manager, but updating drivers through Windows Update usually takes some time until the manufacturer releases the updated driver package.

Windows 10 Device Manager lost the ability to update drivers over the Internet.

Device Manager comes with two options to automatically search for update-driven software and browse my computer to find driver software. The first option allows you to automatically download and install packages using AMicrosoft servers, while the second option requires you to browse the hard drive and manually select the driver software.

Windows 10 Device Manager lost the ability to update drivers over the Internet.

However, since Windows 10 version 2004 (Build 19041.423), Microsoft has quietly turned off the option to update drivers via the Internet in Device Manager.

Windows 10 Device Manager lost the ability to update drivers over the Internet.

The first option in Device Manager is that the updated driver is installed only if the package has been pre-downloaded and is on the computer disk.

Windows 10 Build 19041.423 also prevents Device Manager from connecting to AMicrosoft servers or the Internet. This means that if you want to easily update drivers for Microsoft servers in Windows 10, you must use the Settings app because Device Manager no longer allows you to update drivers over the Internet.

With the windows 10 feature update, Microsoft has also restored the list of optional updates in the Settings app. In Windows Update settings, the new View Optional Updates link directs to a page that manages driver updates. On this page, each driver lists the manufacturer’s name, classification, and version number.

Windows 10 Device Manager lost the ability to update drivers over the Internet.

For most users, this change in Device Manager should not be a problem, after all, device manager is rarely used to upgrade the driver because its driver library is incomplete and the update interval is long.

It’s no secret that Microsoft is slowly reducing its reliance on traditional tools as part of Microsoft’s plan to simplify the Windows 10 update experience.