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 PostPost subject: Stop Vista/7 from trying to find drivers from WindowsUpdate?        Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:22 am 
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Basically, had a piece of hardware I wanted to use. Had the drivers downloaded, but had to wait three mins for windows to search online for drivers on Windows Update, when I damn well know they will not be there.

Is there any way of stopping this behavior? It is no use, and just wastes time.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:47 am 
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cant you install drivers before you plug in the device?


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:06 am 
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sorry but you cant find drivers on net for windows 7 it is still in development try vista's or try to install by avalable windows 7 device driver library


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:09 am 
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In Vista (presumably the 7 beta is the same) you can go to Control Panel > System > Advanced system settings > Hardware > Windows Update driver settings to disable it, or if you have already plugged the hardware in once then I think there's an option when it says it couldn't find any drivers to stop it from checking again for that particular device.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 5:57 am 
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Bravo Vista Ultimate. -1 jaidev. Most Vista drivers will work on Windows 7, although sometimes requiring vista compatibility mode. I shall remember that this option exists, very neat!

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:05 am 
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You should be able to go into device manager, go into the properties of the device you wish to install, click 'Update Driver...' then select the 'browse my computer for driver software' option.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:05 pm 
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OK, you have misunderstood what I asked. :( I should have made clearer my question. It was late I'll admit

Lemme clarify.

I plug in a new piece of hardware (example a webcam).
I have the .inf drivers in a folder

Windows Vista (and Windows 7) then tries to find the drivers. Then it looks on WINDOWS UPDATE for them, which 99% of the time won't be there.

This wastes time when I want to use the damn hardware.

After three mins or so, I can then browse to the directory and then I can use the drivers from that folder.

>> What I am asking is whether there is some way of stopping/disabling windows from searching on Windows Update for drivers? <<


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:40 pm 
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Rightclick on Computer and click properties, now select Advanced Properties (located on the left side), now open the tab "Hardware" and there you can see an option to configure if Windows should search WindowsUpdate for drivers

(I don't have an english Vista here, so the correct setting names can be different)

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:43 pm 
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Rioter wrote:
OK, you have misunderstood what I asked. :( I should have made clearer my question. It was late I'll admit

Lemme clarify.

I plug in a new piece of hardware (example a webcam).
I have the .inf drivers in a folder

Windows Vista (and Windows 7) then tries to find the drivers. Then it looks on WINDOWS UPDATE for them, which 99% of the time won't be there.

This wastes time when I want to use the damn hardware.

After three mins or so, I can then browse to the directory and then I can use the drivers from that folder.

>> What I am asking is whether there is some way of stopping/disabling windows from searching on Windows Update for drivers? <<


Thanks

I already answered your question above ;)

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 8:34 am 
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Vista Ultimate R2 wrote:
I already answered your question above ;)


Oops. Didn't see that one. That message was for the others who were on about windows 7 drivers and something which was not what I asked.

Thanks again Vista Ultimate R2/Luckie (H)

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