I think he addessed it by asking "I was wondering if it is possible to turn off the auto hardware detection wizard in XP?" Silence is the best answer to give when you can not answer someone's question.
Recently I flashed my bios. All went ok booted up & the hardware wizard popped up wanting to install the onboard sound. Every reboot the same thing would happen. I eneded up going into the device manager & disabling the onboard sound which had a question mark next to it because it was not set up. Problem solved.
Ziptrix - I'm sure you can guess my reply to your sarcastic (and unnecessary) comments.
And he certainly did not state the problem he's trying to address - he merely asked how to achieve what he believes will be a solution. More likely than not there is a solution that is less drastic than disabling an important service. If he posts the issue(s) he's trying to address by disabling Hardware Detection (plug 'n play) we might be able to think of something.
Ladies, ladies, ladies..... now lets not get our knickers in a knot!
Geez, all I did was ask a question and you all jump to slit each others throats!
I am actually a middle man in this instance, a friend of mine asked me the question, I didn't know the answer, so I came here.
He said he is having some trouble with his PC, it detecting his printer everytime he starts up.
His printer is installed properly (so he tells me ) and it works.
Personally I wouldn't turn off the detection wizard, I would solve the problem. This guy is not the most versed PC user and trying to solve the problem for him over the net would be too difficult and I would go nuts doing it.
So I thought the best way out was to ask the question, get an answer, relay that to him and hope it keeps him happy.
Is the printer on a usb or parallel? If usb, can it be switched to parallel? Is it using its own drivers or XP's native drivers?
Has your friend tried removing the printer from XP (including uninstalling driver - if any), shutting down, disconnecting the printer, rebooting, reinstalling driver (if any), shutting down, reconnecting printer and rebooting?
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS