network printers, windows update, and searching for drivers

This printer I'm trying to install is a Lexmark X83. It installed seamlessly in the beta. Search for the printer, load the driver, and done. Now it doesn't. And whats with checking windows update every friggin' time I search for a driver? How the hell do I turn that off? I just spent half an hour not finding a button to turn that off every time I try and install a driver. Oh, and an hour not installing this printer.

Is the install process for network drivers crippled, or is there some way I can install a device without having to wait for W7 to search Windows Update for a proprietary driver that it doesn't have? Even if I can get this machine to just stop searching windows update, I'd call it a day well spent.

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