Normally I use my laptop at the docking station. There I have an older optical mouse that is unfortunately no longer in production.
When I use my laptop in the living room I attach another mouse ("Comfort Mouse 4500") to it.
Whenever I do that, an auto-installation routine commences with a window declaring that the "Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center" is downloading (and eventually will be installed).
Naturally I cancel this as I don't need the advertised features and the mouse works perfectly fine in its capacity as a generic HID device as detected and support by Windows. In short, I consider it bloat that I don't want or need.
NB: in some cases, but not always, the aborted installation leaves a trace in form of a
Install Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center.lnk on the desktop.
How can I prevent/block Windows (or whatever other component is responsible) from commencing an automatic installation process for the "Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center".