hiding installed printer

I would like to hide the installed printers from my users. This mean the users would not be able to see the installed printers in Control Panel, Office applications etc. I could not do a remove to these printers simply becoz I have a printer driver that would actually send print jobs to these installed printers.

Anyone has any idea on how to achieve this?
rudytan2000Asked:
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sirbountyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
rudytan2000,
is it a local printer?
If not - the $ will hide it.
If so - then what OS?
You can essentially set up different local accounts.
Say, your account rudytan2000 when logged in, would have full rights to that printer, but my account, Sirbounty, would have none.  Thus when I log in, I can't install the printer (which won't exist under my profile) because I don't have rights to it - and it won't exist in my control panel/printers, cause it's not "installed" (only under your profile)...
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sirbountyCommented:
Is it a shared printer that you're trying to hide?
Just share it with a $ after the name...

Otherwise, create a group, and disallow rights to use the printer on that group...
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trywaredkCommented:
As SIRBOUNTY commented use a $ after the share name, because share Names With a "$" Character at the End Are Hidden
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;90929

A Description of the Privilege That a User Must Have to Install or Modify a Local Printer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=297780

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Jorgen Malmgren
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Denmark

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rudytan2000Author Commented:
I have not tried the above two solutions. But if i create a user group, would the user not in this group still be able to see the printer? coz i dont want to let them see it at all.
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Rich RumbleConnect With a Mentor Security SamuraiCommented:
http://is-it-true.org/nt/registry/rtips131.shtml  That will keep the computer from broadcasting "hey this pc has a printer.... check it out"

TweakUI may be able to help you too: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/downloads/powertoys.asp (on the right side of the page)
http://is-it-true.org/nt/registry/rtips103.shtml
GL!
-rich

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