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Disable print notification for Windows 7 via registry

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I have been fighting this for a while now.  I am trying to disable print notification for networked printers on all Windows 7 desktops in a domain.  I don't think there is a way to do this directly in the GPO, so I made a registry key that sets HKLM\System\currentcontrolset\control\print\providers\Netpopup to a value of 0 and have deployed that through a GPO.  I can see it is taking effect on the workstation by looking at the registry key, but the printer notification balloons keep popping up.  Is this key not used in Windows 7 even though it exists?

How else can this be accomplished?  I don't want the users to have to modify the properties on the local print server to uncheck the box for notifications if I can avoid it.
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I appear to have figured it out, so I thought I would share.  That key is not used in Windows 7.  I used a free program called Regshot to see what key handles that specific print notification.  i took a snapshot and then unchecked the notification box in the print server properties on the workstation.  I ran another snapshot and had regshot compare them.  It ended up being HKCU\Printers\Settings.

Set EnableBalloonNotificationsLocal to 0
Set EnableBalloonNotificationsRemote to 0

I edited my GPO that manages installed network printers and added an Update registry key under UserConfiguration\Preferences\Windows Settings\Registry.  I had it update the key to have a value of 0 for both types of print notification.

Just tested it and it works!  Yay.  Hope this helps someone else.
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Figured it out but I wanted this to be in the knowledge base in case anyone needs it.
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