Specify search order for device driver source locations

This policy setting allows you to specify the order in which Windows searches source locations for device drivers.

If you enable this policy setting, you can select whether Windows searches Windows Update first, searches Windows Update last, or does not search Windows Update.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, members of the Administrators group can determine the order in which Windows searches source locations for device drivers.


Supported on: At least Windows 7
Select search order:


  1. Search Windows Update First
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearching
    Value NameSearchOrderConfig
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value1
  2. Search Windows Update Last
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearching
    Value NameSearchOrderConfig
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value2
  3. Do not search Windows Update
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearching
    Value NameSearchOrderConfig
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value0


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