How To Disable Windows Update Device Driver Search Prompt In Windows 7 / Vista

Do you get annoyed when your Windows starts asking you to search the latest version of driver using Windows Update? It is a great way to update your device’s driver but then again, if you have a driver on a CD/DVD or if you have to download it manually from a source (like the company’s official website) then you can turn this feature off. Here’s how you can go about it.

To disable this feature, go to Start Menu and type in the following: gpedit.msc. Press Enter to move forward. This will open up the Group Policy Editor.

Once this is open, you have to go to Computer Configuration and then to Administrative Templates. Follow that up by choosing System and then Driver Installation.

From the right-hand side, there will be a key labeled “Turn Off Windows Update Device Driver Prompt”. Choose Enabled and then click on OK.

All you have to now is restart your computer system to have the changes take effect. If you don’t want to turn your system on and off, then you can log off and then sign back in. That’s all you have to do. Now, Windows will no longer bother you so all there is left for you to do is enjoy the freedom.

Remember one thing: disabling this feature will not disable Windows Update. It will only prevent the prompt that displays the update device driver prompt using Windows Update. You can still get the device driver from either going to the website’s official website or manually going to Windows Update.

If you have tried this technique on your own computer system, please feel free to share your experiences with us. Also, if you have any suggestions you may drop them in the comment box below. Image Courtesy: AddictiveTips