Windows 8 ent edition printer preferences GPO

Posted on 2013-10-24
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Last Modified: 2014-11-30
Running windows server 2008 R2 domain.  All my clients have windows 8 ent.  I have always used the mandatory profiles.  Made group policy to create printer preferences for only 2 printers.  Everytime I check on the windows 8 clients there are tons of printers instead of only 2, when I remove each one of them they start replicating.  Same is true under the devices of windows 8.  Have no idea where these printers are coming from.  Need help
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by:Will Szymkowski
ID: 39597649
I would start by using rsop.msc which will show you what exact policies are being applied to the machine. Also reference the event viewer as it should provide more detail.


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Rsop is all clear as it is applying the policies right.  No errors in windows logs which could lead me to printer duplications (or triplication).  I re-checked in gpo deployed printers have nothing but as I said only preferences have 2 printers.  I restarted the machine and there were 60 printers, I tried to delete them but they start to replicate.  Need help
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Will Szymkowski earned 2000 total points
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Are the printers all different or are they duplicate printers? Does this happen for all users? Disable the GPO to deply printers and see if the duplicating stops. If they are the same printers that are duplicating have you tried to reboot the printers in question?

You may also want to check the ports that they are using if they are in fact the same printers?

If you have disabled the policy and they are still getting duplicate printers have you done AV scan?


Author Comment

ID: 39599285
I will do as you suggested tomorrow and let you know.

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ID: 39601568
Nothing to do with GPO, I removed it completely, made a brand new user on the AD, logged in, added a printer the moment I added one printers the printers start to duplicate.  My print server has 2 printers which I need to add but I get like sometimes 80 printers on windows 8 machine.  On the print server I renamed the printers just to see if they are not pulled up at the client but man .........this is a tough one.
I also tried and cleared all the drivers on the client, no luck
I need help plz

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