Using Group Policy to specify search order for device driver source locations

The default behaviour of Windows during the installation of new device drivers is to search the Windows Update website if it can’t find the drivers it needs within the local driver store.  This procedure can be altered or disabled using the Group Policy setting – Specify search order for device driver source locations.

This policy setting allows you to specify the order in which Windows searches source locations for device drivers.

  1.  To configure a local group policy open the Local Group Policy Editor snap-in, by typing gpedit.msc in the Start search text box.
  2. Navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Device Installation and double click Specify search order for device driver source locations.

When you enable this policy setting, you can select whether Windows searches Windows Update first, searches Windows Update last, or does not search Windows Update.

Note, when you disable or do not configure this policy setting, members of the Administrators group can determine the order in which Windows searches source locations for device drivers.

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