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Windows 7 printers do not show for all users

Posted on 2011-09-12
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Hello,

We currently manage our printers by installing what is needed on a PC while logged on as Administrator.  When the Power User logs on, these printers are not showing as installed.  Is there a switch that can be used in Windows 7 so the printers show for All Users?

At this time we have too many printers and departments to manage the printers via Windows 7 group policy.

Thank You!
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by:John Hurst
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I generally solve that problem by installing printers at the user. These would be networked printers, and each user might have what another does not. So printers do not show up for All Users. It have been that way for a while and is not unique to Windows 7. ... Thinkpads_User
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by:J1nxx
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I agree with thinkpads_user.
Also assuming you would use a printer server, most users seem to know what printer name they need. Simply tell them to open run, type in \\printerserver\ and hit enter, then simply right click the printer required and connect. User's do not need admin rights to add printers, only to remove
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Sorry for the typo- *PrintServer* instead of Printerserver as typed
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We previously used Novell iPrint printers and recently changed to Windows base printers with a print server for Windows 7.  Had I included this info it wouldn't have been assumed I thought it was something new with Windows 7.  Since it appears there is no way to install the printers as Administrator so they show for All Users we are stuck taking the time to install the printers once the user logs on.  It is much easier to have printers installed & printing for core systems tested before the user logs on.  
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limitation of using Windows network printers
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