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How to prevent driver install from checking Windows Update RRS feed

  • Question

  • I added drivers for a PNP device to Out of Box Drivers.  If I have an Ethernet connection attached to the target when first powered up it says, “Searching Preconfigured Drivers” briefly, then “Searching Windows Update”, then settles on installing the driver I added in Out of Box Drivers anyway.  In searching windows update, it makes the whole process take longer than necessary.

     

    Disabling Windows Update does not help - that solution would be less than desirable anyway.

     

    Is there a way to turn off “Searching Windows Update” for driver install?  Removing the Ethernet cable does the same thing effectively, but it would be nice to have a solution that blocked this always.

    

    Thanks,

    Larry

    Friday, January 27, 2012 10:30 PM

Answers


  • [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearching]
    "SearchOrderConfig"=dword:00000002

    Windows Embedded Developer and Scripting Guy //Germany
    Friday, January 27, 2012 11:48 PM

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  • What about turn off Windows Update service using the sc.exe command? you can always turn it back on.

    -Sean


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    Friday, January 27, 2012 11:17 PM
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  • [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearching]
    "SearchOrderConfig"=dword:00000002

    Windows Embedded Developer and Scripting Guy //Germany
    Friday, January 27, 2012 11:48 PM
  • you also can do with gpedit.msc (admin template, deviceinstall) and than something with install order (never use windows update)
    or do it with sysdm.cpl - hardware device install options.
    Windows Embedded Developer and Scripting Guy //Germany
    Saturday, January 28, 2012 1:18 AM
  • Knarz,

    The SearchOrderConfig is the best possible answer. 

    I also saw mention of the value "DontPromptForWindowsUpdate" under the same key.  On the surface may have sounded more suitable, but in practice it doesn't work.  I found a spreadsheet "WindowsServer2008R2andWindows7GoupPolicySettings" showed that this value is no longer supported in Win 7.  This spreadsheet may help to make other policy setting judgements and I'll post a link if it can be helful to others:

    http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=25250 

    Thanks,

    Larry

    Monday, January 30, 2012 7:44 PM
  • i know this sheet. it's nice but little big. - but as you said. can be helpfull.

    i just traced the entry from gp. - so this is the value which gets set while you editing the device install behavior.

    glad i could help.


    Windows Embedded Developer and Scripting Guy //Germany
    Monday, January 30, 2012 11:31 PM

  • [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearching]
    "SearchOrderConfig"=dword:00000002

    Windows Embedded Developer and Scripting Guy //Germany

    To add something

    0- totally disable WU drivers search

    1- Always WU drivers search

    2- Search WU only if drivers are not installed in the driverstore

    Si it s better to set to 0


    MVP Setup and Deployment - http://www.forum-microsoft.org

    • Proposed as answer by strongline Tuesday, December 23, 2014 5:30 PM
    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 1:37 PM