Order of searching for device drivers


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Yousuf Khan

Is there a way to stop Windows from searching for drivers from Windows
Update on the Internet first, before it searches the local hard drive?
That is, just reorder the priority of searching. I'm getting annoyed
that everytime I plug a USB device into a different USB plug that it
automatically goes to Windows Update for the drivers first rather than
finding it locally, where it'll find it in a few tenths of a second;
whereas if it goes to the Net it'll take half a minute or more. I don't
want it to completely stop searching Windows Update, just go to it
secondarily.

Yousuf Khan
 
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Ken1943

Is there a way to stop Windows from searching for drivers from Windows
Update on the Internet first, before it searches the local hard drive?
That is, just reorder the priority of searching. I'm getting annoyed
that everytime I plug a USB device into a different USB plug that it
automatically goes to Windows Update for the drivers first rather than
finding it locally, where it'll find it in a few tenths of a second;
whereas if it goes to the Net it'll take half a minute or more. I don't
want it to completely stop searching Windows Update, just go to it
secondarily.

Yousuf Khan
Search > driver update > change device installation settings.

I always check that windows update is always turned off. Their drivers
have been known to be screw things up.


KenW
 
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Yousuf Khan

Search > driver update > change device installation settings.

I always check that windows update is always turned off. Their drivers
have been known to be screw things up.

When I go to driver update, it simply bring ups the Device Manager, and
I don't see any option to change device installation settings.

Yousuf Khan
 
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NoBeef

When I go to driver update, it simply bring ups the Device Manager, and I
don't see any option to change device installation settings.

Yousuf Khan
It might help if you specify what version of windows you are using.....
 
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Ken1943

When I go to driver update, it simply bring ups the Device Manager, and
I don't see any option to change device installation settings.

Yousuf Khan
At the bottom of the start menu, is the search box, enter it there. It's
at the bottom in my results.


KenW
 
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KCB

Ken1943 said:
My screen doesn't look like that. It has a "Device Installation Settings"
button, where the illustration has "Windows Update Driver Settings". After
clicking the button, there are two options: 'Yes, do this automatically
(recommended)', and 'No, let me choose what to do.'
 
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Ken1943

My screen doesn't look like that. It has a "Device Installation Settings"
button, where the illustration has "Windows Update Driver Settings". After
clicking the button, there are two options: 'Yes, do this automatically
(recommended)', and 'No, let me choose what to do.'
Right click on "Computer" > Properties > Advanced System Settings > In
the TAB "Hardware > Device Installation Settings.


KenW
 
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Buffalo

"Ken1943" wrote in message
This is a Windows 7 newsgroup.


KenW
:) Yes, so one might assume that the OP is using Win 7, but that is not
'always' the case.
I've seen discussions go on and on and finally someone asks that question
and 'whoops'.
Fun and games.
I am using Win7 HP 64bit and when I type 'driver update' into the search
box, I get the option " change device installation settings" that was stated
above.
 
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KCB

Ken1943 said:
Right click on "Computer" > Properties > Advanced System Settings > In
the TAB "Hardware > Device Installation Settings.


KenW
Yes, that's exactly right. I was commenting on the fact that the
illustration, in the link, is different.
 
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Yousuf Khan

:) Yes, so one might assume that the OP is using Win 7, but that is not
'always' the case.
I've seen discussions go on and on and finally someone asks that
question and 'whoops'.
Fun and games.
I am using Win7 HP 64bit and when I type 'driver update' into the search
box, I get the option " change device installation settings" that was
stated above.
Yes, mine is Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium too, in this case. For some
reason, when simply searching "driver update", it didn't find the
"change device installation settings" choice. But then I searched
specifically for "change driver update" instead, and it found it this
time. The adventures of Windows search, I guess.

So that fixes that, thanks.

Yousuf Khan
 
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Robert Baer

Yousuf said:
Is there a way to stop Windows from searching for drivers from Windows
Update on the Internet first, before it searches the local hard drive?
That is, just reorder the priority of searching. I'm getting annoyed
that everytime I plug a USB device into a different USB plug that it
automatically goes to Windows Update for the drivers first rather than
finding it locally, where it'll find it in a few tenths of a second;
whereas if it goes to the Net it'll take half a minute or more. I don't
want it to completely stop searching Windows Update, just go to it
secondarily.

Yousuf Khan
Simple; do like i do: DISABLE _ALL_ updates, period.
If and when you need a particular update, then manually find and
apply it.
 
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Robert Baer

Ken1943 said:
Search> driver update> change device installation settings.

I always check that windows update is always turned off. Their drivers
have been known to be screw things up.


KenW
Check!!!!!!!!
 
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charlie

Good stuff, so there's an alternate way to get to it. It turned out that
Windows Search kept it hidden.

Yousuf Khan
The automatic setting has given me some serious problems in the past.
Video drivers from the OEM were not always recognized as being preferred
over the WQL older drivers.
LAN card/chip drivers were occasionally incorrect for the actual
hardware. (Has to do with alternate ID's etc.)

I don't want to even get into some of the audio system related drivers
and problems.

One company in particular had a habit of deliberately setting USB driven
audio devices to mis id themselves, in order to force the user into
using unique and often outdated software and drivers.
 
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