Specify the search server for device driver updates

This policy setting allows you to specify the search server that Windows uses to find updates for device drivers. If you enable this policy setting you can select whether Windows searches Windows Update (WU) searches a Managed Server or a combination of both. Note that if both are specified then Windows will first search the Managed Server such as a Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server. Only if no update is found will Windows then also search Windows Update. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting members of the Administrators group can determine the server used in the search for device drivers.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> DriverSearching # DriverServerSelection

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    System -> Device Installation


* 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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