Standard TCP/IP printer port missing from Windows 2003

Hi all,

we have a Windows 2003 SP1 installation with several network printers installed.
Since last week, all of the printers disappeared. When we try to add them again, we can't create new Standard TCP/IP ports, only local ports. The TCP/IP option is just not in the list.
We installed SP2 over the weekend but that didn't help.

What can we do to fix this?

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Very small issue.

Do this

You'll need to make sure that the following files still exist in the %windir%\system32 directory:


If those files are then then copy the lines below to a file with the extension *reg. (name doesn't matter). launch it and it will re-add the monitor entries to the registry. Restart the computer and then you should be able to add standard tcp/ip ports again.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Monitors\Standard TCP/IP Port]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Monitors\Standard TCP/IP Port\Ports]


copy the above in notepad and save it a 1.reg.

or export the standard tcp/ip key from another computer and run it in this computer

Thats it

100% issue resolved.


I was looking around and it looks like you should be able to get the Standard TCP/IP Port back by making a few registry edits.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Monitors\Standard TCP/IP Port
      Name (Default) Type REG_SZ Data (value not set)
      Name Driver Type REG_SZ Data tcpmon.dll
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Monitors\Standard TCP/IP Port\Ports
      Name (Default) Type REG_SZ Data (value not set)
      Name LprAckTimeout Type REG_DWORD Data 0x000000b4 (Hex)
      Name StatusUpdateEnabled Type REG_DWORD Data 0x00000001 (Hex)
      Name StatusUpdateInterval Type REG_DWORD Data 0x0000000a (Hex)

Registry info found at:
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