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I recently created a couple GPO's for mapped folders and shared printers in Active directory.
I am running into a huge issue on the windows 7 machines that are used (windows 7 pro, x64) however, the windows XP (xp sp3 x86) machines are handling them flawlessly.
The issue is that when some, not all, people log into their windows 7 machines, it sits and hangs as it logs in with the "Printer Policy" statement in the screen for anywhere from 5-15 minutes.
I enabled Point and Click GPO for all machines to only connect to shared printers on any of the DC's. Ran GPUPDATE tried again and still same issue.
DNS is working well, they are all using the different DNS servers within the infrastructure, did different tests as i rebooted one of them the others would pick up any and all DNS requested lookups both internal and external.
Does anyone know of this issue and if there is a fix for it?  I have found fixes for XP and Vista but nothing for Windows 7.  Funny part is, as mentioned before, none of my XP or 2k3 machines are having issues with this, just Windows 7.
Any and all help will be most appreciated.
Thank you.
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Not sure what you are trying to do with GPO printer policy but 32-bit and 64-bit printer drivers must be identical version and type.  for example PCL6 version 5.22a
Do you have 64-bit drivers installed on the printserver?  Is the print server 64-bit?


The GPO is deploying printers to specific Department OU's depending on the printer they use.
The printer server is 64bit as well as the 32bit drivers are installed and all the same version.
I have only a couple Windows 7 systems that are doing this, other are not having an issue at all.
Sandesh DubeyTechnical Lead
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Have you turned off both the point and print restriction policies? Windows 7 introduced a per computer policy as well as the per user one. Make sure you switch both off.
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Yes, I have stopped all point and print policies.  I have just disabled the policy and will try a script to map the printers.  It is odd how it only does this on Windows 7 machines and not the xp.
Thank you all.
Technical Lead
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The default security settings for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 allow users who are not members of the local Administrators group to install only trustworthy printer drivers, such as those provided with Windows or in digitally signed printer-driver packages. This helps to ensure that users do not install untested or unreliable printer drivers or drivers that have been modified to contain malicious code (malware). However, it means that sometimes users cannot install the appropriate driver for a shared printer, even if the driver has been tested and approved in your environment.

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