Migrate printers from one windows 2003x64 to another windows 2003 x64 system

Posted on 2011-10-29
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I have two systems with over 75 printers that needs to match on another system. Can i export this data and import into the other 2003x64 so that I dont have to manually recreate them. I know printer migration does not work on x64 systems,
Question by:ullmanneric
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chakko earned 2000 total points
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Are you willing to experiment a little?

Windows File shares are just registry keys, so IF Windows printer share are also registry keys maybe we can just export them - that is my thought.  I have never tried it so some experimentation is involved

Printer keys are located at


The drivers are in the Windows\System32\Spool folder (unless if you change your spool folder)

I would export the Print Key from your print server and also the new server
Delete the Print Key from the new server, import (restore) the exported key from your print server, Backup the Spool folder on the new server, then copy the Spool folder from Print Server to the New Server.
Restart the Print Spooler and Server services on the new server - or just reboot the server.
Test it.
If it doesn't work then just reverse the process,  restore the Spool folder backup and the Print registry key.

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it worked?  Thanks for the points

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