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

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