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black and white by default

We run windows 2003 in a Terminal server environment.  We have multiple color printer that are already setup on users profiles to default to color.  We would like to set the default to black and white by default with the option to print to color.  I have tried changing it on the TS under the domain admin account but the changes are not reflected on all other profiles.  Any advise is appreciated.

Thank you.
Microsoft Server OSWindows Server 2003Microsoft Legacy OS

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8/22/2022 - Mon


Are you using the manufacturer's print driver or the Windows print driver that comes with 2003.  I always have the best luck using the 2003 driver that is the closest match to the printer.  Sometimes the printer manufacturer's driver is just too smart.

Good Luck,
- gurutc
Mikael Jansson

Do you have the printers installed on the TS as local printers or du you connect them from a print server?
There are settings stored per user so if a use changes a printer under Printer properties | general tab | printing preferences it will be stored for that user and I dont think that changing on the print queue | advanced tab | printing defaults will affect those overridden.
I would suggest one of these alternatives (there are probably more solutions to it)
1. Run a script when the users logon to the TS and change the settings then, in Windows server ResKit there is a tool called SetPrinter.exe this could be used to set a lot of print settings, this could probably be used for setting Color / Black and white. Download Resource kit from.
2. Delete all users profiles using DELPROF to clear user specific settings, but you will of course also delete other user specific settings for other applications that are stored under HKEY_CURRENT_USER. It works to do in some organisations policies but not in others so you has do decide if that is your organisation are using a lot of user based information. In our organisation we use delprof and it works just fine.
This is two ways of clearing the user-specific information for printers.
/ Mikael

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