Windows 10: How Long Does It Take to Open Devices & Printers?
Just wanted to thank AndreTen for his tip about SETTINGS > DEVICES being instant. Wasn't aware of that option and yes, it's instant for me too. Thanks!
FWIW, this is on a Dell XPS-8900, i7, 16GB ram that I recently purchased. It was taking about a minute+ for "Devices & Printers" to display. I do have a SSD for my C partition with all data on a D drive. With tips from the web I changed Bluetooth in services.msc from manual to auto and D&P displays in 8 seconds now. Still too long for me when I was used to D&P displaying in a couple of seconds on my previous Win7, i5, 8GB ram, home-built PC (that died).
I'm wondering, do folks who are having 8 seconds or longer D&P display, all have Dell PCs? And folks who have D&P display in 3-4 seconds have non Dell PCs? I assume all are running Win10 since this in the tenforums.
No, it's slow on home built desktop PC which has the OS on a SSD.
I have yet to come across a Windows 10 computer (50+) that opens Devices & Printers quickly through the Control Panel.
No problems here. This old computer of mine is too old for new tricks Opens Devices thru Control panel... in sec.
Opens instantly here. Not sure it helps but open the group policy and go to Computer Policy/System/Device Installation and enable "Prevent device metadata retrieval from the internet" which will also stop Windows from offering enhanced icons and hope it might speed it up
Spoke too soon. Powered off my XPS-8900 last night. Today after boot up, it took 61 seconds to display "Devices & Printers". Same as before. Changing the bluetooth setting is not a fix and I'm going to set it back to "manual" where it was.
Windows 10?...... It's for the birds. So many small problems... Bah humbug!
Hmmm, since "SETTINGS > DEVICES" displays instantly on "all" PCs, but "Devices & Printers" takes a long time on many PCs, it seems that it is a deliberate decision by Microsoft to not support "Devices & Printers" properly. Guess they want folks to adopt the Fisher Price icons in SETTINGS > DEVICES rather than the nice picture icons in D&P.
Steve C said:
If I'm missing the point, I welcome explanations of this phenomena.
Thanks for your input Steve,
gpedit does not exist in my version of Windows 10 Home. Googling:
=== The option is changed by changing this registry entry key "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Device Metadata!PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork" from "0" in "1". ===
"Device Metadata" does not exist in my Win10 Home registry.
You can always create a new Device Metadata key and then a new PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork Dword with a value of 1 and see if it helps
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