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Configure driver search locations

This setting configures the location that Windows searches for drivers when a new piece of hardware is found. By default Windows searches the following places for drivers: local installation floppy drives CD-ROM drives Windows Update. Using this setting you may remove the floppy and CD-ROM drives from the search algorithm. If you enable this setting you can remove the locations by selecting the associated check box beside the location name. If you disable or do not configure this setting Windows searches the installation location floppy drives and CD-ROM drives. Note: To prevent searching Windows Update for drivers also see “Turn off Windows Update device driver searching” in Administrative Templates/System/Internet Communication Management/Internet Communication settings.


Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> DriverSearching # DontSearchFloppies HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> DriverSearching # DontSearchCD HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> DriverSearching # DontSearchWindowsUpdate

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    System -> Driver Installation

Notes

* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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