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Windows 7: "Found New Hardware" Balloons - Enable or Disable



"Found New Hardware" Balloons - Enable or Disable

How to Enable or Disable "Found New Hardware" Balloons During Device Installation
Published by Brink
16 Nov 2011
Default "Found New Hardware" Balloons - Enable or Disable

How to Enable or Disable "Found New Hardware" Balloons During Device Installation

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This will show you how to enable or disable the Found New Hardware notification area balloons like Installing device driver software from displaying while a device is being installed in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.


EXAMPLE: "Installing device driver software" notification area balloon message
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OPTION ONE
Enable or Disable "Found New Hardware" Message using REG File
1. To Enable "Found New Hardware" Balloons
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.
Enable_Found-New-Hardware_Balloons.reg

download
2. To Disable "Found New Hardware" Balloons
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.
Disable_Found-New-Hardware_Balloons.reg
download
3. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

4. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

5. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC-Windows 7/8) or Continue (UAC-Vista), Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



OPTION TWO
Enable or Disable "Found New Hardware" Message using Group Policy
1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane, click on the arrow to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, then click on Device Installation. (see screenshot below)
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3. In the right pane of Device Installation, double click/tap on Turn off "Found New Hardware" balloons during device installation. (see screenshot above)

4. To Enable "Found New Hardware" Balloons
A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below step 6)
NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.
5. To Disable "Found New Hardware" Balloons
A) Select (dot) Enabled, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below step 6)
6. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
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7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor.
That's it,
Shawn



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16 Nov 2011   #1
panais

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1
 
 

As always perfect tutorial Shawn!!


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16 Nov 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Panais.
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16 Nov 2011   #3
panais

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1
 
 

You are welcome!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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16 Nov 2011   #4
StalkeR

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Nice tut Shawn!
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16 Nov 2011   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Boshko.
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16 Nov 2011   #6
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Another great tute Shawn. Thanks for all your work here

A Guy
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16 Nov 2011   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Bill, and thank you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2011   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Another really good one Shawn!

Will this disable the automatic install of drivers? When using Revo uninstall to upgrade a GFX driver for example, Windows will try to install what is had availble. I'd like to be able to disable that "helpfullness".
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16 Nov 2011   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Gary.

Nar, it will only disable the notification balloon message from appearing. That's all.

To disable automatic driver update and installation, you would need to select the Never install driver software from Windows Update option in the tutorial below instead.

Device Installation Settings
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