How to inject Printer Drivers into Windows XP Professional

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I would like to copy/inject a number of printer drivers into multiple workstations in a Windows SBS 2003 environment so that when User wants to add a printer, Windows is already aware of the Manufacturer/Model through driver.

Do I simply copy drivers to c:\windows\system32\drivers? Do I need to register? Manufacturers will allow me to download a bunch of files, so which files do I need to copy?
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Are these networked printers in the office?  If so, probably the easiest way to distribute the drivers would be to install the printers on your server, then share them out to your users.  When a user needs to install a particular printer, they can just browse to \\SERVERNAME and double-click on the printer they wish to install.  You could also send an e-mail to your users with the direct link to the printers, so they would just need to click on on the link to install, i.e. \\SERVERNAME\PRINTER_SHARE_NAME.  A third option is to set up a log in script (VBS, batch file, KixTart script, PowerShell script, etc.) to map the network drives automatically.

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No they are not networked printers, otherwise I would install on server etc. and map via netlogon script.
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Try this:  http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/print_drivers_install_updatew.mspx?mfr=true

You'll need to download the driver for each printer/printer family, and either put them on a network share/removable media/CD/DVD.  Next you'll go to each machine and perform the steps listed in the link above.

Another option is to install using GPO...see http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Managing-Printers-Group-Policy-Part2.html

You can also install print drivers using PowerShell:  http://blog.powershell.no/category/print-management/

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Perfecto!

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