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Steps to reproduce Problem (with a system that is not working correctly):

  1. Click on "Devices and Printers"
  2. Click "Add a Device"
  3. The screen with "Select a Device to Add to this Computer" hangs with the message "Searching for devices... Make sure your device is discoverable."

Result: The last screen hangs forever and never lists ANY devices.


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As a workaround, the Add Hardware Wizard can be accessed directly using hdwwiz.exe

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Running hdwwiz.exe isn't always available as a workaround. It needs admin access, whereas my corporate computer is set up without admin access but with rights to add devices. – digitig Mar 11 '15 at 9:25

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