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Installing local printers on XP pro

By Moushie_23 ·
XP pro has a setting that prevents users from installing local printers.
I have looked in the Local computer policy\User Config\Admin Templates\Control Panel\Printers and the "Prevent addition of printers" says not configured....
Then I checked Local Computer Policy\Computer Config\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policy\User Rights\ and I see that Load and Unload device drivers is set to Administrators... Is this the setting I need to change to allow users to add local printers? Does anyone know the history on why XP automatically banned users from installing local printers?

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by Curacao_Dejavu In reply to Installing local printers ...

here is the detailed information.
http://tinyurl.com/2ce62

the reason is that normal users don't verify if a printer or driver is certified by ms, and install a wrong driver can cause a lot of troubles, from of course only printer or not even starting up the whole system.

Leopold

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by jasonbis In reply to Installing local printers ...

Sometimes even though it is set to not configured, I have discovered you have to change it to "Disabled" in order to override the setting. I think you are in the right place though. In windows 2000 there are two separate entires for addding and deleting printers. They are in the same location though. I am not sure about XP so you may want to make sure there aren't separate entires in that OS as well. Hope that helps.

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by Lizzy In reply to Installing local printers ...

I looked at Leopold's link and that's about it for users installing printers. This can be a real pain if they need a printer installed right away. The only way I have found to working around this is to set up the user's account on the machine by adding their domain account to the local administrators on the workstation. Then I have them log in as themselves, I make any changes they need such as set desktop settings, install default printer, install software, etc... Then I make sure that they can print or use whatever software was installed at least once w\ local admin rights, shut down, reboot to my acct. and remove them from the local admin group (now they're just using their domain account with standard user priviledges and restrictions).

I had to do it that way for assistive software (screen readers) that wanted to write files to the registry when first started and this was the only solution that worked while keeping users from installing stuff and changing other stuff.

HTH
Lizzy

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by garyb In reply to Installing local printers ...

to add or remove you must have admin rights to check go to control pannel and click users and see what permissions are there if it is user or power user you will need to change it to other and select administrator, reboot and you should be able to add your printer.

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by Moushie_23 In reply to Installing local printers ...

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