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Enable standard/restricted users to add a network printer (windows 7)


We have a number of laptops running windows 7 that have been set up for users with restricted access, so they can't install their own programs and etc.

Also we have a number of networked printers within the building that they can connect to. The problem is they cannot add a network printer themselves, so they need to bring it to me.

Is it possible to enable users the ability to add a network printer without using an administrator account?
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8/22/2022 - Mon

Are you in a work group or a domain? if domain is it 2003,2008 ??

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It is Domain Windows server 2008,
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There are two approches for this
1)       "Devices and Printers". Right-click and click "Add aprinter".
Chose "Add a Local Printer". Chose an already existing port. Chose an already existing driver.

2)        "Devices and printers". Right-click and click "Add a printer".
 Chose "Add a Local Printer".
Chose to add a new TCP/IP port. Entered the IP-address.
Chose the device type if needed.
Chose an already existing driver. Worked, no prompt.

If you need your users to be able to add their own print drivers you will have to use GPO to edit the Driver Installation policy.
 It is located here:Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\System\Driver InstallationThe setting is called "Allow non-administrators to install drivers for these devicessetup classes". You will need to add the device class GUID of printers.
The GUIDs can be found here:
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