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Windows 7: How to stop installing drivers???

17 Aug 2012   #1

windows 7
 
 
How to stop installing drivers???

Whenever I plug in and external drive Windows installs the drivers. I'm constanly having to do driver clean ups in order for it to see my external drive. I already have device installation settings ticked to never install drivers and it makes no difference. I have 7 home edition so I can't access gpedit. I feel like I've got a Mac! There has to be a fix for this, anyone?

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17 Aug 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello pastafrolla,

Disabling "Found new hardware" may help to stop this.

"Found New Hardware" Balloons - Enable or Disable

Hope this helps,

Shawn
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17 Aug 2012   #3

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Thanks Brink, will give it a shot. It stops the balloon but not the driver installation. There has to be a fix for this nuisance.
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19 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pastafrolla View Post
Thanks Brink, will give it a shot. It stops the balloon but not the driver installation. There has to be a fix for this nuisance.
Start -> Computer Properties -> Advanced System Settings -> Hardware -> Device Installation Settings

Drivers - Turn Off Automatic Driver Installation

I feel your pain too.
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20 Aug 2012   #5

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Thanks, already did that before I posted this, it makes no difference, still installing drivers. The most painful part is that I can't access gpedit. What's the point of that?
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20 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pastafrolla View Post
Thanks, already did that before I posted this, it makes no difference, still installing drivers. The most painful part is that I can't access gpedit. What's the point of that?
Weird. I just did it before and it prevents it grabbing drivers from Windows Update. Now that I think about it... I imagine that it would not help if the driver is already in the system folder or on the external you plug in though...

Go re-install the driver, and purge it from your system via Device Manager (tick option to delete driver when removing the device). That should remove existing drivers.

However I can tell you though that enabling the GP did not help me, as it still seemed to auto-install (it was hard to tell if it was the installation wizard or the system noticing drivers were missing)... but prevented manual installations of drivers. Exactly what I did not want.

There may be a GP I missed though.

Best of luck. Sorry I couldn't help more.

Auto drivers saves so much time... except when the offered driver is incompatible. I wish there was a nice way to blacklist certain drivers.
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22 Aug 2012   #7

windows 7
 
 

Flash drives shouldn't have drivers being installed every single time they are plugged in, it's really ridiculous. I had to install team viewer to transfer files instead of using a flash drive which is much faster, total pain. I'm installing a virtual machine with XP Pro, I've had it with 7 and constantly having to install programs to make it do what XP did. Thanks for trying to help appreciate it.
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