I find a very annoying feature of Windows 7 is every device you install by default searches windows update. This makes installing devices a lot longer than it needs to be. Follow these steps to make windows search your computer first and then Windows Update if needed.
Right Click My Computer from Start Menu and select “Properties”
Click “Advanced System Settings”
Select Hardware Tab, and click “Device Installation Settings”
Highlight “No, Let me choose what to do”
4a. Also, “Install driver software from Windows Update if it is not found on my computer”
Save Changes and you are done. You now install devices at lightning speed!