Windows 10 registry tweak for disabling drivers auto update controversy

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  1. mbk1969

    mbk1969 Ancient Guru

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    Registry key is "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\DriverSearching".
    Registry value is “SearchOrderConfig”. But searching the inet I see a set of opinions on its values:

    1.
    SearchOrderConfig 0 = Yes, do this automatically
    SearchOrderConfig 1 = No, let me choose what to do, Always install the best...
    SearchOrderConfig 2 = No, let me choose what to do, Install driver software from windows update ...
    SearchOrderConfig 3 = No, let me choose what to do, Never install driver software from Windows update

    2.
    SearchOrderConfig 1 = No, let me choose what to do, Always install the best...
    SearchOrderConfig 2 = No, let me choose what to do, Install driver software from windows update ...
    SearchOrderConfig 3 = No, let me choose what to do, Never install driver software from Windows update

    there is no actual SearchOrderConfig 0
    the "zero" is trigerred automatically by a combination of registry keys SearchOrderConfig 1 + PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork 0, if you were to manually change SearchOrderConfig to zero, it does nothing if PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork is not enabled.

    "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Device Metadata"
    PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork 0 = enhanced icons enabled
    PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork 1 = enhanced icons disabled

    3.
    Just set "SearchOrderConfig"=dword:00000000

    It can be that these mentioned registry values can have different meaning under different versions of Windows 10.

    Share your experience, gurus.
     
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  2. LocoDiceGR

    LocoDiceGR Maha Guru

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    Im using O&O SHUTUP10 For that...:D
     
  3. mbk1969

    mbk1969 Ancient Guru

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    If it works at your side then go to specified registry key and share the value of "SearchOrderConfig", please.
     
  4. EdKiefer

    EdKiefer Maha Guru

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    1703 Pro before OO Shutup
    SearchOrderConfig 1
    PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork 1

    After setting OO shutup to disable drivers through WU.

    Didn't change the above settings.
    Maybe changes are through GPeditor
    Edit: nope GPeditor was not changed either, this is bad part of these apps, what or how does it make changes.

    Edit2: check a pretty clean VM of 1709 and was this (no OO shutup10 installed).
    SearchOrderConfig 1
    PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork 0

    If you go into control panel "Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Devices and Printers"
    right click on computer properties>device installations settings and set to no then it becomes.
    PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork 1
     
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  5. mbk1969

    mbk1969 Ancient Guru

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    Thank you. In newest version of Win10 the screen of that "Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Devices and Printers" right click on computer properties>device installations settings looks completely different from previous versions where 4 options were in the dialog instead of 2.
    Also we have check box "download over metered connections" in new "Settings=>Bluetooth and other devices".
     
  6. EdKiefer

    EdKiefer Maha Guru

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    Yeh, on my 1703 pro and VM 1709 there is only 2 options in control panel and it doesn't even mention drivers but manufacture apps and icons.
    But I checked that option edits the second reg key in your post. (PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork ).
     
  7. EdKiefer

    EdKiefer Maha Guru

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    This is funny in my above post, top comment before OO shutup10.
    "
    SearchOrderConfig 1
    PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork 1"

    I just noticed WU did update my driver to 388.13 w/o me noticing.
    This is first time i ever noticed this other than one time when I did a feature update (got new driver).
    So we will see if OO shutup10 does or stops another.
    I can always use GPedit to stop it too.
     

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