Disabling device found popups

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 18 July 2006 / Last Updated on 18 July 2006]

How to disable annoying popups for new device detection in Vista.

When Windows Vista finds new hardware has been added to a system or a new device has been detected, a popup balloon appears to notify you, even if no other response is required from the system's user. You can disable this annoying popup by editing Local Group Policy as follows:

1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start Search box and hit Enter.

2. Click Continue when the UAC prompt appears.

3. Navigate to the following policy location:

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Device Installation

4. Enable the following policy setting:

Turn off "Found New Hardware" balloons during device installation

Cheers, Mitch Tulloch, MVP http://www.mtit.com

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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