Printer Drivers and Windows 7

Posted on 2011-05-02
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
We have about 4 Ricoh copiers and a handfull of Windows 7 users.  As we have been upgrading our users, we have noticed that Windows 7 doesn't allow the installation of printer drivers unless you give the user full admin rights or install it locally on the machine.   We have a server that hosts the copiers and printers in our office, but it is useless for Windows 7.

Is there a way to allow users to install printer drivers without giving them admin rights?

Thank You.
Question by:Amerilab
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    Is this a domain network? If so, you can use a 2008 Server or a Win7 machine to edit the group policy preferences.  From there you can specify which computers get which printers installed at logon.

    Author Comment

    We do have a domain.  Our domain controllers are Windows 2003 and the GP is setup on them.  XP machines have no issue because of that.

    We do have a Server 2008 R2 machine on our domain and it hosts the printers, but it is not a Domain Controller.  Do we have to make it a domain controller or is there a way to setup our Windows 7 machines to pull a GP from just the 2008 server?

    Thank You.
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    2003 also uses the group policy preferences, you just have to use a 2008 or WIn 7 computer to edit the group policy on the 2003 server. Download the remote server managment tools to the Win 7 computer to modify the group policy remotely. I believe the 2008 computer should have the tools installed if you just edit the GP from that computer. Here is a link to the tools.

    Author Comment

    Ok Thank you.   I will give that a try.

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