Automatically install new shared printer drivers in Vista

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Hello All,

This is probably a quick and easy question for somebody who has come across it before. I would like to change a print driver on a shared printer and have no disruption to the end users. Unfortunately when I do this the Windows Vista users get UAC prompts for installing the printer. Could anybody tell me how I can change the printer driver without having to go round each Vista PC putting admin credentials in? The print server is Windows 2003 R2.

P.S. I do not want to turn off UAC, thanks.
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You could assign the new printer drivers using Group Policy which automatically installs all software with administrative privilleges.  In saying this I'm assuming that you're using a Windows Server as the backbone for your network?  If you need any more information about using Group Policy in this manner please go to the following URL:

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Group-Policy-Deploy-Applications.html

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Ady

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Hello,

I was already aware of this method, but wanted to see if there is any other way?

Thanks for your answer anyway. I shall keep this open in the hope somebody else knows another method.
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There are other ways using third party solutions or other Microsoft products. Systems Management Server is but one. They are all very expensive - why is the group policy method no good for you?
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I wanted to change a driver on an existing printer, rather than deploy a new printer via GPO.
Ady FootSharePoint Consultant

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You're misunderstating me.  You can deploy SOFTWARE via Group Policy (ie your printer driver software) as well as deploying actual printers.  The link I gave you, if you read it, will explain what I mean.  You essentially need to create an MSI (instructions in the link) which contains your printer driver installation which is then deployed to the relevant workstations via Group Policy.  

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Ah yes, thinking outside the box there I see what you mean. I am familiar with deploying software via group policy so this should not be a problem. I will give it a go, and let you know if it had the desired effect (which I am sure it will).

Thank you.
Ady FootSharePoint Consultant

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You're very welcome :-)

Ady

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The answer was a link rather than the actual answer. It was something I already knew how to do and I hoped there had been a simpler solution. Therefore I gave this grade B.

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