Disabling the “Found New Hardware” message in Windows 10

You’ve probably noticed a little bubble with the message “Found New Hardware” when you connect a USB device. Usually, it automatically installs drivers for that hardware and tells you whether or not the installation was successful. For those who frequently plug and unplug USB devices, this message can be frustrating – but fortunately, it’s fairly easy to turn off with the help of this Techquack article.

What causes the “New Hardware Detected” message in Windows 10

What causes the "New Hardware Detected" message in Windows 10

When you plug in a new device, this message informs you that the system has detected the device. However, due to faulty device drives, users may get this message even if they don’t have a device connected at all. Sometimes this message appears every time the user boots the computer, or it appears repeatedly because of faulty hardware.

How to fix the “New Hardware Found” message in Windows 10

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

Using the Local Group Policy Editor

This method is not like other methods that only work for certain hardware. This method completely disables the “Found New Hardware” message, which will no longer appear for any hardware connected 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”.

In the future, you will no longer see the “New Hardware Found” message for all hardware connections. If you want to change it again, follow the steps above and change the switch from “Enabled” to “Not Configured” again.

Disable it via Device Manager

You can disable this feature for specific hardware. So if you are concerned about the fact that this message is displayed only for a specific device, follow this method.

  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.

This will prevent the “New Hardware Found” message from appearing again. If for some reason you still see this annoying message, try one of the solutions below.

Using the registry editor

If for some reason the other method didn’t work, the last option you have is to use the registry editor. However, compared to the previous two methods, this one is a bit more complicated and also more dangerous. One wrong move and the entire registry can be damaged, eventually damaging your Windows system.

  1. Press Windows + R and a “Run” dialog box will open.
  2. Type “Regedit” in the “Run” dialog box and press Enter. The registry editor will open.
  3. In the left pane of the Registry Editor, navigate to the following location
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DeviceInstall\Settings
  4. Click anywhere in the black area of the right pane and select New -> DWORD Value (32 bits). Set this new value to DisableBalloonTips.
  5. Now double-click this newly created value and set the data value to 1. Click the Ok button.
  6. Now reboot the system and you will no longer see the “New Hardware Found” message.

If you want to put everything back the way it was, go to the same place in the registry editor and delete the DisableBalloonTips value you created.

Frequently Asked Questions

Try using the Windows Update Service to find a driver for an unknown device. If the problem persists, you can go to Device Manager (Start button / right-click on Computer / Properties / Device Manager), find the device for which the driver is not known, right-click on it and select the option to disable it.

  1. Open the settings.
  2. Click on Update and Security.
  3. Click on Troubleshooting.
  4. Select the troubleshooter that corresponds to the hardware with the problem.
  5. Click the Run Troubleshooter button.
  6. Follow the instructions on the screen.

To get basic information about your Windows 10 system, go to Settings -> System -> About. There you'll see basic device specs such as the processor, installed RAM, system type, and Windows 10 version.

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