Disable found new hardware wizard


  • Hello

    I am running windows XP, Tiny XP to be exact and I was wondering how to disable the windows found new hardware wizard. It is very anoying!



    Best Regards, Joshua Glass Systems Enginer
    Monday, June 13, 2011 10:44 PM

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  • Have you tried <Sytem properties><Hardware tab><driver signing> set "Ignore - install the software anyway and don't ask for my approval"
    Michael Petersen My Deployment Blog -
    Tuesday, June 14, 2011 9:24 AM
  • The "Found New Hardware" wizard is part of Plug and Play, which is built into the O/S.  It has been this way since Windows 95.  You cannot disable Plug and Play

    To quote from:,

    "Ability to disable: Plug and Play cannot be disabled as system instability would result. However, you can configure Plug and Play so it does not search the Internet for drivers."

    For more information about the Plug and Play specification and technology, see


    • Proposed as answer by Bigteddy Wednesday, August 03, 2011 9:54 AM
    Tuesday, June 14, 2011 1:14 PM

    How to disable Found New Hardware Wizard in Windows XP

    Posted on July 19, 2014 by admin

    Disabling the Found New Hardware Wizard

    There may be times where you want to disable the Foud New Hardware wizard in Windows XP or Server 2003, either because the device in you system does not have drivers for Windows XP or everything is working fine and you just don’t care to install any new drivers.

    This message means that Windows has found a new hardware on your system and is asking you to install the software that came with the device. This message can be disabled by adding/editing a registry key in Windows.

    Windows XP 32-bit and Windows Server 2003
    Add a DWORD named SuppressNewHWUI with a value of 1 to the below key:
    DeviceInstall and Settings keys may not exist, you will have to create them.

    Thursday, August 31, 2017 1:28 PM