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How to disable the "Found New Hardware" message in Windows 10

Are you getting the “Found New Hardware” or “Installing Device Driver Software” balloon notifications on Windows 10? This might be when you connect a new device, USB device, or even a camera to your PC or Laptop. Usually, this is an automated message that installs a driver for your device to ensure it works correctly.

If you frequently unplug, or reconnect pre-existing and or new devices all the time, this balloon can get very annoying and can cause you some annoyances. In today’s TechSplat article, we take a look at how you can disable the New Hardware Detected messages in Windows 10.

What are the causes of “New Hardware” or “Installing Device Driver Software” on Windows 10?

How to disable the "Found New Hardware" or "Installing Device Driver Software" Message in Windows 10


Windows 10 is quite helpful in letting you know if something is different on your device. With this being said, Windows is simply telling you that there is new hardware on your device, or it is trying to install device driver software for your new device. This is just in case you weren’t aware that it was inserted, or to let you know that it’s been successful or not. This is not an “error” but rather a feature of Windows 10.

How to disable the “Found New Hardware” or “Installing Device Driver Software” Message in Windows 10

How to disable the "Found New Hardware" or "Installing Device Driver Software" Message in Windows 10
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Change the Local Group Policy

In some cases, troubleshooting and resolving issues that feature, but are annoying does not come with anything super simple to fix. In this case, we will need to make a change to your local group policy. If you are on a work computer, you may need your system administrator to do this for you. Once changed, however, you will no longer see the “Found New Hardware” message when connecting new hardware to your computer.

  1. Press the Windows + R keys, the “Run” dialog box will open.
  2. Type “Gpedit.MSC” in the Run dialog box and press Enter. The local Group Policy Editor will open.
  3. In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the following location:
  4. Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Device Installation
  5. In the right pane, you will see the policy “Disable `Find new hardware` during device installation”.
  6. Double click on it.
  7. A new window will open. Change the switch from “Not configured” to “Enabled”.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R together, then the “Run” dialogue box will open, or search for “Run”.

Step 2: Type in “gpedit.msc” or copy this, and run this. This will open the local group policy editor.

Step 3: In the left side of the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the following location – Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Device Installation

Step 4: Once there, on the right-hand side, you will see the policy “Disable Find New Hardware During Device Installation”. Double click into this until the new window is displayed.

Step 5: Once the new window is opened, switch it from “Not Configured” to “Enabled.”

Once this is set, you are simply telling the PC to disable this notification. You may be asked to save this, or make sure you save this in the top-right before exiting completely, then feel free to test with some new or pre-existing hardware that was causing this issue for you.

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Use Device Manager to Disable the Feature

If you have a specific piece of installed hardware that keeps causing this balloon to pop up, then disabling the feature for a device in Device Manager might be the better option for you. In order to do this, follow the below steps. Note: This fix will also stop the device from working until you reconnect it. Only do this, if you have a hard-to-reach USB connection, but never on hardware that makes your PC or Laptop function.

  1. Press Windows + R, the “Run” dialog box will open.
  2. Type “Devmgmt.MSC” in the Run dialog box and press Enter. The Device Manager will open.
  3. Find the device for which you keep getting this message. When you find it, right-click on it and select the “Disable Device” option.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R together, then the “Run” dialogue box will open, or search for “Run”.

Step 2: Type in “devmgmt.msc” or copy this, and run this. This will open the device manager window.

Step 3: Find the device that you keep getting the balloon window popping up. This will stop the device from working, but will also prevent the message from annoying you.

By doing this, you will be preventing the device from working, and therefore Windows will not see it as a new device, or a device that needs to be connected. This will stop the message from appearing on your PC or Laptop.

Conclusion on Disabling New Device Notifications on Windows 10

In conclusion, we hope that this guide has helped you disable the device notifications on Windows. As this can be quite annoying for some people, we hope you were able to stop your device from making the notification again, but if not – be sure to contact Microsoft Support or the device vendor who could help further.

Thanks for checking out this guide, and be sure to let us know in the comments if this worked for you, before checking out our other helpful guides!

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