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How to detect printers on the network that aren't installed

How can I have my software detect the existence (and IP address) of each network printer on my network, regardless of whether a queue for that printer is installed on my workstation?

Do network printers broadcast some message to advertise their existence, or is there a Windows API that can be used to help with this detection? (Much like Network Neighborhood can detect some printers that are on the network.)

Thanks!
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bsdex
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gopinathdeepakCommented:
i'm not sure about this...

but i would believe running "net view " on the shell command through your software would help...
if u write the output to a file and read the file for the name...

if the printer is connected to the server instead, u could go ahead and run "net view \\servername > test.txt" on the shell command
and read test.txt for type = print...

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