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How to add a local printer with the RUN AS command!

By Josh Schwartz ·
A common problem for IT admins is how to add a local printer when the user does not have Administrative privlages. The solution is so easy you will be amazed. Step 1 open the printers and faxes window. Step 2 goto tools on the menu bar and select folder options. Next in the general tab the first grouping of options is Tasks. Select the radial button next to Use Windows classic folders. You should now see an Add Printer icon at the top of the page. While holding down the shift key, right click the Add printer icon and select Run As. Supply the correct administrative credentials and you can now add a local printer without logging off and back on as an admin.

I know alot of people will love this I know I do.

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also via explorer

by gsz999 In reply to How to add a local printe ...

You can right click on the Internet Explorer which is on the Quick Links and choose Run as. Then you write password for administrator and you have open IE with administrativ priviledge. Next you can write i.e. "C:\" in address bar, you can open Control Panel and its functions as Administrator - until you close this window :)
With regards

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Thanks a lot.

by michael.li In reply to also via explorer

It is very useful for me, thank you very much.

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Install with Run As

by lz2kc In reply to How to add a local printe ...

The second way (without step 2 - change options in Tasks) is to hold the SHIFT and right click on blank area below installed printers (or right area) and select RUN AS > Add printer and then Supply the correct administrative credentials

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Great advice

by jfkvault97 In reply to How to add a local printe ...

this worked great, being in a domain environment and users being picky about their printers, majority printers are networked but upper management is the headache, thanks for the great write up :-)

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Great info!

by srojas In reply to How to add a local printe ...

Thank you for this info, now that we are taking away local admin rights from our users, this comes in handy!

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Run As Script

by rlandeo In reply to Great info!

Now is there a way we can script this out with either a batch file or VBScript?

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Yes, See Post

by rfithen In reply to Run As Script

runas /user:administrator "RUNDLL32 PRINTUI.DLL,PrintUIEntry /il"

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Slightly different

by timmcleod In reply to How to add a local printe ...

Thanks for this. However, you don't need to change the window display option.
Simply open the printers window and while holding down the shift key, right click in the white space and select "Run as" from the contextual menu and then click on "Add printer" from the submenu that pops up.

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great..

by arnelmb In reply to How to add a local printe ...
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Thanks

by f.khan In reply to How to add a local printe ...

Good on you for the solution.

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