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Published on 05.26.09 by Brent Trahan

Turn Off Windows Update Device Driver Search Prompt

Learn how to turn off the Windows Update device driver search prompt in Windows 7.

Specifies whether the administrator will be prompted about going to Windows Update to search for device drivers using the Internet.

Note: This setting only has effect if “Turn off Windows Update device driver searching” in “Administrative Templates/System/Internet Communication Management/Internet Communication settings” is disabled or not configured.

If you enable this setting, administrators will not be prompted to search Windows Update.

If you disable or do not configure this setting, and “Turn off Windows Update device driver searching” is disabled or not configured, the administrator will be prompted for consent before going to Windows Update to search for device drivers.

Turn Off the Windows Update Device Driver Search Prompt

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, and then select Driver Installation in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Turn off Windows Update device driver search prompt in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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