Can printer be turned online in non-admin account

I am 99% sure my question has nothing whatsoever to do with the printer model or manufacturer. It is probably a Windows XP-specific question.

Windows XP Pro SP2. HP PSC 1310 All-in-one. In Control Panel>Printers and Faxes printer is shown as off line. I right click and select "Use printer online" in popup menu. Error pops up "operation can not be completed. Access denied".

I am logged into the Windows Guest account without Windows admin prvileges and customer has forgot password to the only admin account. Safe mode Administrator account also has an unknown password.

Question. If you are NOT in a Windows admin account and you try to turn off line printer to online, will windows produce tye above error simply because you are not an admin. (i.e Windows may be more concerned about the opposite case "Use printer offline" for an online printer. THAT might be something which reasonably might be limited to admins and maybe they added the opposite command to the list.)

Please only reply if you are 100% sure or close.

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The only way that I know off to change the printer status is right clicking the printer and use the Run As a local admin account. But since you don't have the password, I suggest the solution above.
mgross333Author Commented:
I already have a tool for wiping out Admin passwords and did not ask for that in this question. (I did not have the tool CD with me when I was at the customer site but will go back with it next week). Note; That I never said not being in an admin account was the problem. THAT WAS MY QUESTION.

Could you please CLEARLY RESPOND TO MY QUESTION THE WAY IT WAS STATED. And no guessing, only reply if you know for sure or close to that.

Fiuca, Does your reply mean that you are 100% sure (or close) that the reason the "online" command fails with the error stated in the Question is that I am not in a Windows Admin account? Or could it be something else?


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Yes, I'm pretty positive that regular users CANNOT change the printer status because you need ADMIN PRIVILEGES in order to to that. That's WHY I'VE  SUGGESTED the password recovery tool so you can do that, ONCE YOU HAVE THE LOCAL ADMIN PASSWORD.


It's that CLEAR now?


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mgross333Author Commented:

Thanks for confirming your answer to my question.

For most situations, wiping out the Admin account password is all that is needed. Then the user can reset it to anything they want. And I already paid for that tool.

The typical customer just wants to log in again.

I have encountered one situation where logging in without changing the password was desirable so I will keep your post for that purpose if another customer requires that.

Points will be assigned if using my tool to get access to an Admin account allows me to turn the printer online as described above.

It will work.
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