When you connect a new device to your Windows 10 computer, Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs apps from the device manufacturer. For instance, if you connect an HP printer to your Windows 10 PC, HP printer app is automatically downloaded and installed without seeking your permission.
If you find that a device manufacturer’s app is not necessary, you can uninstall the app via the Settings app, but Windows 10 will likely automatically install the app again as it did before.
So, if you want Windows 10 to stop automatically installing the printer, scanner or any other device’s app, you need to change the default device installation settings.
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Stop Windows 10 from auto installing printer and scanner apps
Here is how to configure Windows 10 from automatically installing the device manufacturer’s app.
NOTE: Please remember that Windows 10 will not download custom icons available for your device when this setting is turned on.
Step 1: Type Sysdm.cpl in Start/taskbar search field and then hit the Enter key to open System Properties dialog.
Step 2: Switch to the Hardware tab. Click Device Installation Settings button. This will open the Device Installation Settings dialog.
Step 3: Here, select No (your device might not work as expected) option.
Step 4: Click on the Save changes button.
Note that you can manually download the device manufacturer’s app from the Store or outside the Store when this setting is turned on.
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