How to Change Device Installation Settings on Windows 11 or 10?

What is Device Installation Settings?

Generally, Windows 11 and 10 automatically download and install drivers for most of the components with each Windows Update. Windows Update will install it automatically the next time you restart your PC after you uninstall a driver from your PC.

You can block Windows from automatically overwriting drivers by changing device installation settings.

In this risewindows article, we will guide you on changing the device installation settings on Windows 11 and 10 using System Properties or Registry Editor.

How to Change Device Installation Settings using System Properties?

These steps will alter device installation settings via System Properties:-

Step 1. Open the System Properties window by pressing the Windows + R keyboard shortcut to bring up the Run dialog box. Next, type sysdm.cpl in the Run box and hit the Enter key on the keyboard.

Step 2. Switch to the Hardware tab in the “System Properties” window.

Step 3. Select the Device Installation Settings button.

Step 4. When you’re done, a pop-up dialog will ask whether you want to automatically download manufacturers’ apps and custom icons available for your devices. Select the No (your device might not work as expected) option.

Step 5. Pick Save Changes.

Step 6. Then, click on the OK.

Windows 11 or 10 will turn off automatic driver installation on your PC after you complete the above steps.

How to Change Device Installation Settings from Windows 11 or 10 Registry Editor?

Use these steps to alter device installation settings using Windows 11 or 10 Registry Editor:-

Step 1Open Registry Editor.

Step 2. Navigate to the following key in the left sidebar of Registry Editor:-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Device Metadata

Step 3. Double-click on the PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork REG_DWORD on the right side of the “Device Metadata” folder.

Step 4. Set the “Value data” to 1.

Step 5. Pick OK.

Your Windows 11 or 10 will no longer automatically download and install the latest device drivers after you complete the above steps.

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