Windows XP domain computer as SBS2003 shared printer client, updating printer drivers regulary

Posted on 2008-11-19
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I have some Windows XP computer clients in AD. All of them are using 2 (two) shared printers from Windows SBS server 2003. One is HP P2015, other is HP LaserJet Color 4700.

Every time, when client computer turns to printer (whatever - in Word by File > Print, or in Control panel just loogin Properties for printer), Windows XP client workstations is updating drivers. Almost every time - more then once in login session.

It takes quit long time - for managing version, I assume and then copying drivers. All of them.

I have attached print screen, log in Windows XP client computer event log. It appears on all client computers.

I have installed latest drivers from HP, I have even tryed to install fake additional printer, just to be sure - and Yes, client computers are updating drivers every time even for fake printer.

I have tryed to install printer drivers locally, and then install printer from server. Nothing helps - even then, afterwards, client computer updates printer drivers.

It came very annoying for now. Have any ideas?
Question by:arnisraido
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    Im not sure I fully understand. It seems what you are saying is that when a client trys to print the client 'updates' the drivers from the server?

    I have never seen this before. I would start by completely removing the drivers from the server ENTIRELY. This can be done firstly removing any shared printers then by browsing to the printers and faxes folder, goto the file menu, goto server properties, goto the drivers tab and remove ANY drivers.

    After this add a single shared printer via the Server Management console and see what happens when its installed by the client.

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