Oldy but a goody. Speed up a printer install “device setup in progress” in Windows 10

When installing a new printer I have had issues with the new printer not appearing in Control Panel – “Devices and Printers”.

If the PC is behind a proxy server and does not have direct web access then it can take a few minutes or a reboot for the printer to appear.

I discovered Windows is trying to download the correct icon for the particular printer.

If you change a reg setting it will prevent doing an icon lookup and the printer will appear instantly.

If you know what I mean, give it a try and see.

You can edit the registry here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Device Metadata

Key: PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork

Value: 1

 

Hirens BootCD PE has been updated since 2012

Hiren’s BootCD PE was last updated in Nov 2012 and so it is now being developed by Hiren’s BootCD fans. It includes free tools to help you diagnose PC problems.

It will boot into a Win PE (Preinstallation Environment) and install drivers for graphics, sound and lan/wifi. It now requires 2 gb of ram as a minimum and supports UEFI booting.

This is a listing of all of the FREE tools: https://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/ 

Some of the handy tools that I use are:

  • CPU-Z
  • HDDScan v4.0
  • NT Password Edit
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware v2.2.1.1043