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network printers - how to delete when print server fails

Posted on 2012-04-12
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Our print server has failed and we moved printers to another server.  The old network printers are still on XP workstations.  Adobe Acrobat queries all printers and this is causing slowness on our workstations.  I have tried to run rundll32 printui commands but since the server is not online, the scripts all fail.  Any suggestions for global removal of network printers that no longer have access to the network server?
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One option is to remove the GPO through which the printers are deployed.
Use gpmc on the print server, and load the GPO on which the printers are deployed, you should see a deployed printers on this GPO, and possibly remove it.
What servers os is in use? Gpmc available?
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We did not use GPO, these printers were in the original ghost build of XP.  The server crashed and due to old hardware will not be rebuilt.  Would it help if I built a virtual server and named it the same old server name and then the scripts would work for deleting a network printer?
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No, You should be able to delete the printers on the workstations, the issue is whether the printers were installed on the server or for each user.
The distinction deals with which script startup (computer configuration) or login (user configuration)

http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/75686-delete-printers-via-batch-script-help-needed-please

Use GPO with printer deployment on a per user basis.

The printers are also listed in the registry
HKLM\system\currentcontrolset\control\print\printers\

A similar path exists under the HKCU\printers
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