Network Printers Missing After Disconnect

At one site we have our network printers not showing in the printers list on XP client after they disconnect/reconnect to the network. They are using the Offline Files feature, when they reconnect and perform a successful synchronization they have access to all network files but the printers do not come back. Usually if this happens I can go to Printers and Faxes and hit f5 to refresh and they come back, that does not work this time. Reboot brings them back but only until a disconnect. Our other sites do not do this.

We have 2003 R2 DC with 2003 level domain, XP pro client. Printers are installed using the Print Management feature of 2003 R2 deployed through group policy.
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This sounds a lot like a profile issue.
Something to try is log in as yourself or another user who has GP applied to them and log on off a few times disconnect reconnect and see what happens.

I have never honestly seen a machine lose printers by disconnecting the machine from the network.  The closest to this I have seen is losing mapped network drives.  If you don't see the issue then rebuild and see if that resolves.

You might also look at the event viewer and services make sure spooler is running and see if the print spool is having issues.  If it is not running start it and look for an event that is causing it to stop.
evergreenitAuthor Commented:
I have tried logging on myself with the same results. Totally forgot to look at the spooler service, I will check and report back.
Spooler service has stopped or got corrupted.
evergreenitAuthor Commented:
Spooler service seemed to be working properly. I was using Print Management of 2003 R2 and had deployed printers by computer policies to all stations. I now deployed them over to user policies and the printers stick. Not sure why this started happening all of a sudden when the old way worked fine for over 3 years.

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