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Making printers apply to all users

By blache ·
I recently switched most all of our machines from win98 to Win2K. While logged on as administrator, I loaded all needed software and printers. Whenever a new user logs on to one of these Win2k PC's I have to reinstall all needed printers. How can I make a printer install apply to all users?

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by 1 Sane Nerd@Work In reply to Making printers apply to ...

after u looged into as administrator
load all drivers
give users rights to these printers

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by Don Christner In reply to Making printers apply to ...

When you install the printer, install it as a local printer (not networked), don't print a test page after installing, it won't work. Next go into the printer properties and change the port from lpt1 to the networked port or IP. This is the simplest way to trick the OS into making the printer available to all new users.

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by voldar In reply to Making printers apply to ...

I don't know what you really want to do, but first let me ask you something. Is it a domain or a workgroup what you have? If it's a domain, it is easy to pull printer installation whenever a user log into the domain by using a simple script. If it's a workgroup, you will maybe use the same script but you have to place it in the startup folder.
Check http://www.dx21.com/SCRIPTING/RUNDLL32/ViewItem.ASP?OID=145&CMD=P%3DA page for how a script should look like.

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by voldar In reply to

Or simply create a .bat file that contains the line
start \\print_server\print_name
and you have your "script"

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by shawn In reply to Making printers apply to ...

If you are running in an Active Directory domain, you can use a logon script and Windwos Scripting Host (WSH) to automatically map printers. Check out the following details about how WSH works (remove any spaces):

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/script56/html/wsoriWindowsScriptHost.asp

E-mail me and I can send you a sample of what I use to automatically map printers for users in my environment.

Hope this helps.

Cheers,
Shawn

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