How to disable the camera and scanner wizard

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The scanner and camera wizard pops up whenever you plug in a digital camera. There was a time today when we wanted to disable this feature as it would become a problem when this came up on a client being used only for a Citrix desktop.

We fought with autoplay and that did not fix the problem of the scanner and camera wizard showing up. Finally to get rid of the scanner and camera wizard we went into the services and disabled the Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) service

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4 thoughts on “How to disable the camera and scanner wizard”

  1. Ya, thanks alot Bob. That was the exact advice I needed and worked perfectly. Thank you.

  2. Worked a charm. I have to admit that camera/scanner wizard was a right pain as it renames all your pictures as they come through from the iPhone so are sorted by the iPhone’s filesystem order rather than any logical date/time/name convention. Changing it to copy pictures by default works every time now!

  3. A less roundabout way of doing it: Start windows explorer ( [WINDOWS KEY]+[E] ), right click the camera (or iphone), and select “Properties”. The rest is as Geust explained – Select “Events” Tab, and there will be an option to start the camera wizard when the camera is plugged in, or copy the images directly somewhere, or do nothing. For the iPhone I prefer “do nothing”, and then let iTunes do the syncing.

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