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, 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:


Value name: DontSearchWindowsUpdate

Registry Paths:


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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 in 2005.

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