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Speed up a printer install “device setup in progress” in Windows 10

device setup in progress

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

If the PC is behind a proxy server (Common in business/corp/edu) 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 registry setting it will prevent doing an icon lookup to the MS metadata server and the printer will appear instantly.

Please note this fix may not help in home printer scenarios as the PC is not behind a proxy server.

Solution:

  1. Use regedit.exe to edit the registry
  2. Find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Device Metadata
  3. Edit the key named PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork
  4. Change the value from 0 to 1
  5. A restart may be required

An alternate solution (If you don’t want to touch the registry):

  1. Right click on the start button and click on run (or Windows Key + R). Type in Rundll32.exe %SystemRoot%\System32\newdev.dll,DeviceInternetSettingUi

Tech Details:

This registry entry:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Device Metadata\DeviceMetaDataServiceURL

Has a value of: 
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=252669&clcid=0x409

The MS URL (above) redirects to:
https://devicemetadataservice.trafficmanager.net/dms/metadata.svc

September 2019 Update:

This page has been receiving a lot of hits since Fri 13th Sept 2019 and this possibly could be due to the Microsoft metadata server not working.

In this case the fix will help everyone with adding new printer issues and not just those users who use a proxy server at work.

The issue has been reported on Reddit (here, here and here) and other sites.

18/Sept/2019 – It appears MS have fixed the metadata server and I hear reports installing printers is not causing the “device setup in progress” issue.

Extra Info:

I have written a couple of articles which explain how to:

How to set printing preferences via command line in Windows

How to set the default printer via command line in Windows

How to remove a printer via Powershell in Windows

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  • martin ebell

    This did help.

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    • TSF Admin

      Thanks for the feedback, Martin. Greatly appreciated. Did this help at work or home?

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      By the way have you seen the RAVPower FileHub? It's a travel Router with wifi AC750 300Mbps Wi-Fi on 2.4Ghz or 433 Mbps on 5Ghz. It includes an SD Card Reader, 6700mAh Battery and can connect an SSD hd. Make this a portable NAS to store your pics and videos or upload your SD card pics/videos to a SSD hd. This is a bargain for under $60. (Amazon USA Link)

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  • By the way have you seen the RAVPower FileHub? It's a travel Router with wifi AC750 300Mbps Wi-Fi on 2.4Ghz or 433 Mbps on 5Ghz. It includes an SD Card Reader, 6700mAh Battery and can connect an SSD hd. Make this a portable NAS to store your pics and videos or upload your SD card pics/videos to a SSD hd. This is a bargain for under $60. (Amazon USA Link)

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  • eltrkbrd

    I’m not behind a proxy (internal LAN connecting to NAT Router/Cable Modem).

    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1903 (build 18362.356) – Windows update broke my printer installation capabilities.

    Drivers are built in for Brother 7020 Printer (USB laser multifunction).

    The printer would show installed under “devices and printers” under but stuck on the “device setup in progress”.

    The same problem occurred on a clean install of Windows 10 on another computer.

    The registry hack you mentioned worked perfectly on both systems after a reboot.

    On one computer it was necessary to remove the device and allow it to reinstall after the registry hack.

    This wasn’t an issue before, apparently Windows update broke certain functionality with legacy printers.

    Thanks!

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    • TSF Webmaster

      Thanks for the feedback. Great to hear the reg hack worked!

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  • User Vulgaris

    Device metadata service is broken for me in Latvia too. In the last days adding printer hangs it. Registry hack works. But if you actually need that metadata then you are out of luck.

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  • outdated or unsafe TLS security settings

    https://devicemetadataservice.trafficmanager.net/dms/metadata.svc

    Can’t connect securely to this page

    This might be because the site uses outdated or unsafe TLS security settings. If this keeps happening, try contacting the website’s owner.

    Your TLS security settings aren’t set to the defaults, which could also be causing this error.

    So if you’re blocking outdated or unsafe TLS for PCI compliance that’s not gonna work.

    Thanks for the registry fix.

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