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Turn Off the Obnoxious HP Driver UAC Popup Update Check in Vista

Sep 2014
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If you use Vista and have an HP printer, especially on the All-In-One variety, you’ve probably pointed out that once per week roughly you receive this obnoxious User Account Control popup dialog unexpectedly asking for permission to perform some H . p . update process called hprbupdate.exe.

The issue is that automagically the HP drivers incorporate a handful of different updates, but those updates also require Administrator privileges running, so that you get prompted to run the updates. To generate this a whole lot worse… the updates are for the help and support, not really for the drivers.

When you are wondering the reason, here’s the ridiculously annoying and unnecessarily obnoxious dialog I’m referring to:


Disabling This Obnoxious Popup

As a way to disable this utility, we’ll must run the configuration tool from the inside of the directory. After performing a little research, I ran across your directory the app is in fact running from, which is this place:

C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\Product Assistant\bin

When you enter ezinearticles, launch hprbui.exe, which can be the Hewlett-Packard Product Assistant UI.


After you open this up, go through the Preferences link on the left-hand pane.


Now underneath the Basic Settings section you’ll need to select “Disable Solution Updates”, then click the Save button.


You should get the dialog stating that your preferences have been saved.


This certainly will disable on the list of updates, but we’ll still need to get the 2nd one.

Disable Help Content Update

I’m probably not sure that this update needs to be disabled, but better safe than annoyed with popups, for you’s really almost no reason to update what content day in and day out when you don’t use it.

Throw open HP Solution Center, and in the bottom from the window click the Settings button.


Now inside the Other Settings box, hover your mouse over Other after which choose Update Preferences from the menu.


Now you can uncheck the therapy lamp for “Enable help Contents updates automatically”.


This should hopefully get rid of these completely ridiculous update prompts permanently. When will these vendors learn how to utilize built-in Task Scheduler in Windows because of this kind of thing? That’s exactly what it’s there for!

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