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Having set up a printer on a Win2000 Pro pc (connected over the network to a printer which is shared on a another Win2000 Pro pc), is it possible to make it available to All Users?
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Sure. Just copy it to the Default User profile. All new users will automatically have access to it.

On the Print Server PC, it must be set up with guest access or an account for every user must be created.
Enable the guest account in the User manager.

I hope this helps !
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Actually, I've tried to do this without success. How do you make the printer available in the all users profile? You can't see the equivalent of Start - Settings - Printers in the profile. I've tried putting in on the all users desktop (as a shortcut).This works if you look at the properties of the icon (it will do a test print), but if you try to print from an application it thinks there's no printer installed.
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If worst comes to worst, copy the entire profile from a working setup to the default user and / or all users.

Then you can setup a real default user ( a new user ), as you want, and delete just the contents of the default user ( not the directory ),
and copy a working user to the default User.
This is what each NEW user will receive as default.

I hope this helps !
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I couldn't get this to work at all!
I've solved it as follows:
Install the printer on lpt1. Then put a batch file in \all users\startup which does:

net use lpt1 \\hostname\printername
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