Windows Update Button Missing in Add Printer Dialog (Policies)

If the Windows Update button is missing in the Add a Printer wizard, this means that one or more Windows Update Policies are set in the system. If the system is part of a domain, Group Policies may have been applied. If you’re a home user and no domain Group Policies apply, checking the registry based Policies or Local Group Policies is in order.

Download wu-policies-add-printer.zip, unzip and run the enclosed Registry file. Here are the contents of the REG file

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
;Removes Windows Update Policies
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearching] "DontSearchWindowsUpdate"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearching] "DontSearchWindowsUpdate"=-
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate] "DisableWindowsUpdateAccess"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate] "DisableWindowsUpdateAccess"=-
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\WindowsUpdate] "DisableWindowsUpdateAccess"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\WindowsUpdate] "DisableWindowsUpdateAccess"=-

If you plan to make the changes manually, follow these instructions:

Open the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) and go to the following locations one by one, and remove the value name referenced for each branch:

Value name: DisableWindowsUpdateAccess



Registry Paths:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\WindowsUpdate
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\WindowsUpdate

Value name: DontSearchWindowsUpdate

Registry Paths:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearching
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearching


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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

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