Windows 10: Turn On or Off Device Driver Automatic Installation in Windows 10  

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  1. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15063
       08 Dec 2015 #30

    It could be from "DoNotSpy10". 3rd party tweaking utility programs have been known to set things like this by default.

    If this had just recently happened, then you could do a system restore using a restore point dated before it happened to see what was removed afterwards that may have been the cause.
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  2. Posts : 9
    32-bit Windows 10 Pro on 32-bit only UEFI laptop
       08 Dec 2015 #31

    I do not have a restore point, unfortunately.
    For testing I can restore an image of my hard disk that was made before I installed DoNotSpy, but that was when I was still running the Windows 10 Home OEM version. I guess I can not run gpedit.msc then. However, I guess I can still post the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE-SOFTWARE-Policies and HKEY_CURRENT_USER-SOFTWARE-Policies registry entries. Will this be sufficient?

    Furthermore, how can a program 'force' a policy if that can not be found in the registry? I am surprised.

    Thanks for your support!!
    Last edited by Ano; 08 Dec 2015 at 10:17.
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15063
       08 Dec 2015 #32

    I wouldn't go that far. You might uninstall the DoNotSpy to see if the settings are enabled afterwards.

    There are the usual places for these settings in the registry, but it's still like searching for a needle in a haystack when you don't know what made the change.
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  4. Posts : 9
    32-bit Windows 10 Pro on 32-bit only UEFI laptop
       08 Dec 2015 #33

    I uninstalled DoNotSpy and rebooted, but still the message ""Some settings are managed by your system administrator" is there...
    I am gonna put back the image and let you know if the message is still there, will be a few hours or so I guess. If it is, is there a way to check group policy settings on Windows 10 Home?
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15063
       08 Dec 2015 #34

    Only in the registry on Windows 10 Home.
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  6. Posts : 9
    32-bit Windows 10 Pro on 32-bit only UEFI laptop
       08 Dec 2015 #35

    I restored an image that restored the machine to 'factory settings': now I could change the settings again :-)

    But when I go back to my 'normal' machine again, the option is of course not available. At least the greyed out option has the preferred value: "no, do not install new drivers". A few days I ran the"Show or hide updates" troubleshooter package (wushowhide.diagcab) and indeed, I saw quite a few driver updates available that were not offered.
    But I have no idea where to look to restore the driver update functionality. If you do not have further suggestions, I just leave it like this I think...

    BTW, I just copied gpedit.msc from my W10 Pro machine to the W10 Home machine and it ran smoothly.
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15063
       08 Dec 2015 #36

    If that is the setting you wanted, then I wouldn't worry about doing anymore.
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  8. Posts : 9
    32-bit Windows 10 Pro on 32-bit only UEFI laptop
       08 Dec 2015 #37

    Ah, I can change the greyed out option from "Yes" to "No and vice versa by (un)ticking the option "Disable Retrieving Device Metadata" in DoNotSpy. The option is changed by changing this registry entry key "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Device Metadata!PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork" from "0" in "1".

    But why is it still greyed out? The policies under Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Device Installation all have the status "not configured"... But let's try something with the "Prevent device metadata retrieval from the Internet" policy...
    I changed this policy from "Not configured" to "Disabled" and rebooted, then changed it back to "Not configured" and rebooted again.

    To my surprise: option is not greyed out anymore!! Do not ask me why, this is Windows I guess ;-)
    So people, in future you can also try to change this policy to get rid of this problem.

    Thanks Brink for your help!
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15063
       08 Dec 2015 #38

    Great news. I'm glad you got it tracked down to DoNotSpy causing it.
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  10. ddelo's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 1607
       05 Feb 2016 #39

    Hi Shawn.
    Would it be possible to spare a minute to gimme your opinion about this.

    iPhone shown as Unspecified in Devices and Printers - Windows 10 Forums

    I'm supposed to get the correct driver automatically, which I did, as everything seems to be working, except from the device presentation. So is the automatic driver correct?

    Dimitri
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