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Hi

Now we use Windows-EasyTransfer to migrate all local installed profiles. Is there any way to save all local installed printer settings (such as printer trays settings, paper settings etc.) or do we have to rebuild them all again? How are you doing this?
We don’t need drivers to backup. I ask this question because we loose lot of time for this.

Thanks in advance!
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by:Mike Roe
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set them up on a server and use group policy to send them to clients
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Sometimes we don't have a Server (Only Windows Workgroups).
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What version of windows? I use the Printer Migration Utility to back up all printers, settings, drivers, etc....then can restore if needed or migrate to another machine. There's also a command line version. It's different in Windows 2003 vs. 2008 for instance (or Win7).

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722360.aspx

If you have Windows 2008 you can add the print server role. Then you can connect to a local or remote print server, pick Export printers. You can also import. But I don't know what OS you're using.
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Hi ZabagaR

I Need it for XP, Vista, Windows 7 & 8. Where can I get the latest version of Printer Migration.
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Printbrm.exe, for Vista and later OS versions should be available by default in the OS. I know it is in Windows 7. The GUI version you may need to have a server OS for like Windows 2008 or 2012. If you can add 'print server' role in Win7 or Win8, export and import printers is right on one of the menus.

For XP and Windows 2003 you'd use the print migration utility you can get here:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30935
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I forgt to add: you can use 1 system to do your printer migration. You don't necessarily have to do it from the source or destination systems. For example, I can use printbrm.exe on computer A and tell it to export the printers on computer B then import them on computer C.  So you can do this centrally from 1 system.

I know in Windows 7, printbrm.exe is in c:\windows\system32\spool\tools\
You'd have to see if Windows 8 has it there too.
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Thanks!
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