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Using VB Script to install network printer on win9x clients

Posted on 2005-03-02
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I have this script that I located on web that will install a network printer on a Win2K or XP machine and make it the default printer.

Script contents:

Set WshNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
PrinterPath = "\\server_name\printer_share_name"
PrinterDriver = "Full_Printer_Name"
WshNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection PrinterPath, PrinterDriver
WshNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter "server_name\printer_share_name"

End of script

However, the script will not run correctly on Win9x clients. Can anyone explain why and offer a resolution?

Thank you.
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Anthony_E earned 200 total points
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Well Microsoft's site says this script works, maybe just use these 3 lines which u already have in your script..
Script from here:  http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/scripts/printing/client/prclvb01.mspx

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Set WshNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
WshNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\PrintServer1\Xerox300"
WshNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter "\\PrintServer1\Xerox300"
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Will the script on a legacy Win 95 system also?
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Thank you Anthony_E. Just using the the 3 lines resolved the issue. I also believe that I do not use the SetDefaultPrinter statement, this will only install the printer and leave the currently installed default printer alone.

For example, the user has a local Epson printer as default. I run the script to install the network printer. Now the user has the local Epson still as the default, but now also has the Xerox300 available.

Is this correct?
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yeah thats correct, i had trouble using that SetDefaultPrinter statement on my win9x machine also, but the 2000 and XP machines it worked maybe something with windows 98...
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thank you again.
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