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

Do you get annoyed every time Windows asks you to search for the latest driver using Windows Update? It is great way to update the device driver, but if you have the driver on a CD or you want to download it manually from the company’s website, then you can turn it off.

To disable it go to Start and type gpedit.msc in the Start Search and press Enter. Once Local Group Policy Editor is open navigate to,

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Driver Installation


disable automatic driver update

Now from the right sidebar open the key named “Turn Off Windows Update Device Driver Search Prompt” and select Enabled and click OK.

turn off update Now Restart your computer or Log Off and then sign back in. That’s it. Now Windows bother you any more. Enjoy!

Note: This will not disable the Windows Update, it will only stop prompting you to update the device driver using Windows Update. You will still be able to update the driver by manually going to Windows Update.

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  • http://www.pcdriverupdate.com Update Windows Video Drivers

    OMG, I hate that prompt. Thank you! I didn’t realize how simple it was to turn that off. I was doing an update of windows video driver and this thing was annoying me like crazy. I had already downloaded the new driver!

  • http://assatha.com/ Mido

    I type gpedit.msc in the Start Search and press Enter. Cannot find that file, it just does not exist on my PC. Can't find it anywhere ???

    Please advice.

    Thanks

    MG

  • pacmann

    Hi Mido,

    If you use a laptop or Desktop with OEM Windows, may be the PC manufacturer disabled this function to prevent user invoking deeply in the system. I use a Sony Vaio and cannot find the gpedit neither, but I found it in my Desktop, in which I install Windows 7 myself

  • pacmann

    Hi Mido,

    If you use a laptop or Desktop with OEM Windows, may be the PC manufacturer disabled this function to prevent user invoking deeply in the system. I use a Sony Vaio and cannot find the gpedit neither, but I found it in my Desktop, in which I install Windows 7 myself

  • pacmann

    Hi Mido,

    If you use a laptop or Desktop with OEM Windows, may be the PC manufacturer disabled this function to prevent user invoking deeply in the system. I use a Sony Vaio and cannot find the gpedit neither, but I found it in my Desktop, in which I install Windows 7 myself

    • Satchell

      IJWTS wow! Why can\’t I think of tihngs like that?

  • Sarah

    If you're running Win7 Home, then you don't have gpedit.msc. No clue what to do now, though!

  • http://www.devicedriverupdate.net/ driver update

    I will feed your RSS after this useful article. Thanks a lot.

  • Joel

    seriously M$ should have gave the user more options in the windows update settings to let them choose if they want the win update to install ur drivers from from M$ update itself or not, i dont care about their recommendations at all, i want my drivers for my sb x-fi card from creative not m$ themselves. seriously i didnt pay for win7 for their recommendations of drivers from their database i paid for system that i can use drivers i want wich is from nvidia, creative, saitek etc. now i tried that mmc gpedit.msc on the start seems i got the same problem of starting it like the others above.

  • PABLO

    ok you fucking idiots. what the fuck do you have to do using win7 home? why can't anyone answear this to me!!! i m so angry!”!! it's already freaking 5 in the morning and all i get is bullshit in this fucking retarded internet!!!! LET'S GIVE BILL GATES A BATH WITH FUEL AND MATCHES!!!! HE NEEEEEEDS TO DIE

    • -=[TEX]=-

      Who are you calling an idiot you fucking border jumping spic. Get out of my country you fucking parasite!!! Learn to speak English you fucking anchor baby! You don’t have the options you need with Windows 7 Home so you’re fucked. Now jump your fucking ass back across the border and get out of my country. Where is Hitler when you need him????

  • Scruffy

    Right, calm. Listen. You can type gpedit.msc in Vista UNTIL you install service pack 1 (when it's removed…), you have to manually reinstall it.

    …or hack the registry.

  • Itachi

    gpedit.smc it doesn't work. I can't find it. The main reason I'm trying to do this is because all color went out of this computer.

  • perseus

    funny how instead of clicking what would be the obvious option “disable” they require you to click “enable” to disable driver update prompt… seems like an intentional way to add confusion to this option. i wonder why?

    • Priam

      in some cases you won’t find the “disable” button

  • http://www.drivers-updates.net/ driver update

    Thank you for sharing this. Also, i have something great to share with you too: Driver Robot. Believe it or not, it’s the best Driver updater i’ve elver used.

  • Karl

    What registry key controls this function in Home Premium? I feel short on options here.

  • http://www.driverdownload4u.com/ Nami

    Nice post. Thank you for sharing.

  • bill gates

    gpedit.msc only comes with windows 7 professional edition if you are using basic, home, etc forget about it.

  • Vin

    How about Windows XP ?

  • Ryu

    I know just one, the fyckin Microshit do not give users premissions to disable dinotify.exe

    system instaling stupid nVidia driver to my Windows 7 ultimate OS and after that i have trouble with Monitor resolutions, normally i use 1440×900 but now the resoloution is hide and i use the fukin 1240×1024.

    I know one, they are do that so people change the video card`s to new ones.
    I can not remove this file dinotify.exe i can not stop it, now i work in stupid resolutions.

  • http://JesusHChrist Prophet

    Goto microsoft site and download it. The home versions of windows normally doesn’t come with that tool.

    You’d think someone would have typed “download gpedit” into google by now.

    The devcon tool is quite handy also, there’s also the windows drive developer kit, but I think you guys too stupid for either of these

    • james_dean

      Well there prophet, this would be a grand and simple way to fix the issue of those not having gpedit. However, even if you search this a person will never find what they are looking for, because Microsoft doesn’t just simply give it out to plug in. In fact they specifically designed home and home premium to not have the full range of system tools, and they are setup so that you can’t hack gpedit back into it. After some thorough searching the closest thing I found was this(http://www.techmynd.com/enable-grouppolicy-gpedit-for-windows-vista-home/) and that turned out not to work. So its like this, a person better deal with it or Upgrade to business or Ultimate.

  • never_mind

    to: Prophet
    u’r freaking awesome!

  • Kevin

    When I go to the start menu and type it in I get 4 different files (all named gpedit.msc) and each one comes up with this message.
    http://lh3.ggpht.com/_p67ZvGpA_1M/TSWQgs-rdcI/AAAAAAAAAog/LlUSFQzMhz0/s800/Untitled.png

  • mehdi

    I have the same problem too and I am really tired….i found that it is because of Windows Home Edition, in order to edit, you must have professional version,

  • Phil

    The group policy editor is only available to those who have Professional or Ultimate editions installed. For everyone else type ‘change device installation settings’ into your Search box on the Start Menu and choose an option from the available list that best matches your needs.

  • Dealtechlaptops

    Well what can I do since I don’t have Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise?  Windows 7 Starter, Home Premium, and Home Basic do not come with access to the Local Group Policy Editor.

  • Help 101

    For Windows 7 Go To Start then type in computer configuration then click view advanced system settings click on hardware and then device installation settings. the from there choose your prefered settings.

  • pj

    I’ve done everything detailed above, however it still installs it’s own drivers automatically from the internet!
    Any idea what I am doing wrong?