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Uninstall printers via a batch file

Posted on 2007-03-19
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My predecessor used a batch file to install our networked printers for all users. This is the script they used:

rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /ga /c\\%computername% /n\\print-server\laser1

I need to be able to remove the installed printers, as we have recently purchased new ones, and I'm getting soem driver conflicts. Can I adjust this script to uninstall them?
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Question by:Juliafrazer
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Usage: rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry [options] [@commandfile]
   /a[file] binary file name
   /b[name] base printer name
   /c[name] unc machine name if the action is on a remote machine
   /dl delete local printer
   /dn delete network printer connection
   /dd delete printer driver
   /e display printing preferences
   /f[file] either inf file or output file
   /ga add per machine printer connections
   /ge enum per machine printer connections
   /gd delete per machine printer connections
   /h[arch] driver architecture one of the following, Alpha | Intel | IA64 | x64
   /ia install printer driver using inf file
   /id install printer driver using add printer driver wizard
   /if install printer using inf file
   /ii install printer using add printer wizard with an inf file
   /il install printer using add printer wizard
   /in add network printer connection
   /j[provider] print provider name
   /k print test page to specified printer, cannot be combined with command when installing a printer
   /l[path] printer driver source path
   /m[model] printer driver model name
   /n[name] printer name
   /o display printer queue view
   /p display printer properties
   /q quiet mode, do not display error messages
   /r[port] port name
   /s display server properties
   /Ss Store printer settings into a file
   /Sr Restore printer settings from a file
   Store or restore printer settings option flags that must be placed at the end of command:
      2      PRINTER_INFO_2
      7      PRINTER_INFO_7
      c      Color Profile
      d      PrinterData
      s      Security descriptor
      g      Global DevMode
      m      Minimal settings
      u      User DevMode
      r      Resolve name conflicts
      f      Force name
      p      Resolve port
   /u use the existing printer driver if it's already installed
   /t[#] zero based index page to start on
   /v[version] driver version one of the following, Windows 95, 98 and Me | Windows NT 4.0 | Windows NT 4.0 or 2000 | Windows 2000 or XP | Windows XP
   /w prompt the user for a driver if specified driver is not found in the inf
   /y set printer as the default
   /Xg get printer settings
   /Xs set printer settings
   /z do not auto share this printer
   /Y do not auto generate a printer name
   /K changes the meaning of /v and /h to accept 0,1,2,3, respectively for Windows x64 and Windows IA64 | Windows NT x86 | Windows NT Alpha_AXP | Windows 4.0
   /Z share this printer, can only be used with the /if option
   /? help this message
   @[file] command line argument file
   /Mw[message] show a warning message before committing the command
   /Mq[message] show a confirmation message before committing the command
   /W[flags] specifies flags and switches for the wizards (for APW & APDW)
      r      make the wizards to be restart-able from the last page
   /G[flags] specifies global flags and switches
      w      suppress setup driver warnings UI (super quiet mode)

Examples:
   Run server properties:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /s /t1 /n\\machine
   Run printer properties:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /p /n\\machine\printer
   Run add printer wizard localy:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /il
   Run add printer wizard on \\machine:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /il /c\\machine
   Run queue view:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /o /n\\machine\printer
   Run inf install:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /if /b "Test Printer" /f %windir%\inf\ntprint.inf /r "lpt1:" /m "AGFA-AccuSet v52.3"
   Run add printer wizard using inf:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /ii /f %windir%\inf\ntprint.inf
   Add per machine printer connection:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /ga /c\\machine /n\\machine\printer /j"LanMan Print Services"
   Delete per machine printer connection:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /gd /c\\machine /n\\machine\printer
   Enumerate per machine printer connections:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /ge /c\\machine
   Add printer driver using inf:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /ia /c\\machine /m "AGFA-AccuSet v52.3" /h "Intel" /v "Windows 2000 or XP" /f %windir%\inf\ntprint.inf
   Add printer driver using inf:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /ia /K /c\\machine /m "AGFA-AccuSet v52.3" /h "Windows NT x86" /v 3
   Remove printer driver:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /dd /c\\machine /m "AGFA-AccuSet v52.3" /h "Intel" /v "Windows 2000 or XP"
   Remove printer driver:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /dd /K /c\\machine /m "AGFA-AccuSet v52.3" /h "Windows NT x86" /v 3
   Set printer as default:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /y /n "printer"
   Set printer comment:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Xs /n "printer" comment "My Cool Printer"
   Get printer settings:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Xg /n "printer"
   Get printer settings saving results in a file:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /f "results.txt" /Xg /n "printer"
   Set printer settings command usage:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Xs /n "printer" ?
   Store all printer settings into a file:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Ss /n "printer" /a "file.dat"
   Restore all printer settings from a file:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Sr /n "printer" /a "file.dat"
   Store printer information on level 2 into a file :
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Ss /n "printer" /a "file.dat" 2
   Restore  from a file printer security descriptor:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Sr /n "printer" /a "file.dat" s
   Restore  from a file printer global devmode and printer data:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Sr /n "printer" /a "file.dat" g d
   Restore  from a file minimum settings and resolve port name:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Sr /n "printer" /a "file.dat" m p

The above is a list of all of the options you have with the "rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry" command.

So to remove the driver, you need to change the swith from /ga to /dd or if you just want to remove the printer, use  /dn

Hope this helps!

:o)

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by:IanTh
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see

http://www.robvanderwoude.com/index.html

i think you need to change the /ga
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by:sirbounty
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You can try
RUNDLL32 PRINTUI.DLL,PrintUIEntry /dd /c\\%computername% /m "laser1"  

http://www.robvanderwoude.com/index.html gives the usage
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by:sirbounty
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http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/Logon/Logon_Remove_Printer.htm gives a vbscript example that you might have better results with...
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by:LeeTutor
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This page has a good deal of information about using printui in scripts for printer control:

http://www.robvanderwoude.com/index.html
Command Line Printer Control
in Windows 2000 / XP
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by:Bartender_1
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Sorry, the /ga in the script adds per machine printer connections.... if you want to remove per machine printer connections, you need to use /gd

I really should read the question closer. Maybe need more coffee this morning. ~LOL~

:o)

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by:Juliafrazer
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Using the /gd didn't work :(
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What was the command you used?

did it match this:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /gd /c\\machine /n\\machine\printer
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by:Juliafrazer
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Apologies! On further testing, it has worked. Why it didn't kick in straight away I have no idea. Thanks a lot for the solution :)
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Thanks for the points!

I'm glad i was able to be of some assistance.

If you could spare a few minutes, could you tell me how I would have been able to better assist you? (What could I have done to earn an "A" grade rather than a "B" grade?) This will enable me to better help others in the future.

Cheers!

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