How do you disable Printing Preferences button on the Shared Printer's Properties page?

Printer is shared on Windows Server 2003, i dont want clients (Windows XP/Vista) to print in color on this printer. They can change this setting if they open Printer Properties and go to Preferences on the General page
need a solution
mymaleego1Asked:
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bootrebootCommented:
What kind of printer is it?  I ask becuase i've solved a similar isue by installing generic print driver that doesn't have a color option.
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CyberLexCommented:
there are basically two ways to do this

- install and share a black and white printer for this device, usually a PCL5 or PostScript driver froma similar black/white device will work. Name your model and I can make a guestimation

- you can grey out this field with the HP Driver Preconfiguration tool, but you will have to do this BEFORE you install the queue on the server. Its a utility to alter the configuration of the cf_ file before installation.

- download the utility from http://www.hp.com/go/hpdpc_sw
- open it, hit file open, point to your driver download, choose the cf_ file
- on the line where it says print in grayscale select activate from the dropdown box
- when you select that a new checkbox will appear next to the line "lock" (or similar) do check it
- choose file save

- delete the queue on the server
- re-install the queue with that modified driver
- the option print in greayscale will be checked and grayed out, so the user can only print in grayscale

cheers
Lex


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CyberLexCommented:
forgot about the 3rd option.

depending on the device you have, the bigger (commercial) color printers do have a Color Access Control built - into the device. You can access the Color Access Control menu from the device's webpage. There you can allow or dis-allow color usage by username or application name :)

cheers
Lex
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mymaleego1Author Commented:
its actually "Generic 35c-1" so HP utility wont work
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CyberLexCommented:
well, then off to the b/w printer driver :=) there is no option/no policy to disable the printer properties for users from the Microsoft side as to my knowledge...

cheers
Lex
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mymaleego1Author Commented:
Thanks Lex, makes sense
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