Copy a users printers setup from one user to several other EXISTING users

Posted on 2011-05-01
Last Modified: 2013-11-05
I have one simple windows 7 pc with several users, one user has multiple printer with specific printer settings etc already setup and working well. I would like to copy these settings over to the other other users on this computer. Can i just copy a printers or drivers folder ?
Thanks in advance.
Question by:scottics
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    Go to [Control Panel] -> [Devices and Printers] and select [Add a Printer]
    Now select [Add a local printer]
    Select the set port of your printer in [Choose a printer port], commonly USB001 etc.
    In [Install the printer driver] select your printers Manufacturer and Model
    In [Which version of the driver do you want to use?] select [Use the driver that is currently installed]
    Enter a name for this new printer reference in [Type a printer name]
    So, what we have now is a new printer reference, a reference you can see and select in the [Print] window printer selection [Name]. What we have to do now is to setup this printers individual settings

    Go back to [Control Panel] - [Devices and Printers] and select your printer (clicking)
    Select [Customize your printer]
    In [Select a printer] select your printer the same way as you would in the [Print] menu
    The [Print property] window pops up and you can set your individual printer settings here
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    Increase marks to 500, so it motivated me and others to answer your question.
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    In previous versions of windows you were able to copy printers and settings by copying the printers folder that was within the user's profile. Make sure you have all hidden files and folders shown in folder view options before you copy this.

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    itnetworkn, I have selcted show all files and folders, can't find any folder to do with printers under user profiles.

    yjchong514, i have updated points, your first answer is essentially recreate all the printers, i was hoping to just copy settings from another profile to as i have lots of specific settings/paper sizes etc already setup and working in that profile.


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    take a snapshot of the printers and settings on a pc into a cab file to be deployed to other computers.  I have used this for years
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    Sorry, i finally got back to this,

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