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Prevent device metadata retrieval from the Internet

This policy setting allows you to prevent Windows from retrieving device metadata from the Internet. If you enable this policy setting Windows does not retrieve device metadata for installed devices from the Internet. This policy setting overrides the setting in the Device Installation Settings dialog box (Control Panel > System and Security > System > Advanced System Settings > Hardware tab). If you disable or do not configure this policy setting the setting in the Device Installation Settings dialog box controls whether Windows retrieves device metadata from the Internet.


Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Device Metadata # PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    System -> Device 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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