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Oldie but a goodie. 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


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