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Dear All,

I update the printer driver on Server. Now how can I update printer driver on Local PC in network? As updated driver feature not replicating to local PC in netwrok. Because old driver already installted in local PC.

The only option I can find to delete to old printer driver from local PC then install the updated printer driver from network printer from server. But to do this it in for 500 pc it's a huge task. Please advice what is the best option to comple the task.

Thanks in advance.
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by:FutureTechSysDOTcom
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If you have WSUS on your server, you could likely set it up to deploy as a hardware update.  That sets up a lot of "If's" though.

I think a better way to do this would be to have the printer shared, and then map it on each local PC with a login script.

One question I might have is, do you really NEED to update it on 500 PCs?  I try to live by the old "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" when it comes to hardware drivers.  Suppose I posted an answer, that gave you a magic script to deploy it on 500 machines, and then the next day 397 users want to know why they can no longer print...

Hope this helps.

Sincerely,
Chris M.
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If you've got 500 PCs, then this is no Mom & Pop shop.  A great tool to manage printers (local or network) on the PCs is to use a product called PrinterInstaller.  It would accomplish the desired driver change very easily.  It does a whole lot more than just that function too!!

http://www.printerlogic.com/printer-installer/
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The issue is... since as long as the OLD printer driver is there I can't do anything until I remove the driver & install it (from Network). I did it to a few pc it works only that way at moment.

1st I tried to Update the printer driver on top of current printer driver in server & it cause few other issues. Then I clean everything related that Kyocera printer model in Print Server and install it from the screech. Now it works fine for server but in users system it's difficult to do the same thing. If I remove the printer from printer list & map it again it still hold the old printer driver. It's only works if I remove the old printer driver & install it from print server to map a printer. But that's will cost lot's of time. I think if I push it via GP it's do the same thing it wouldn't remove the old printer driver. As long as old printer driver is there it doesn't update to new printer driver.

@tool ...Another thing is this tool is free & safe?
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Re: the Printer Installer tool.  It is definitely not free but is safe.  

 In the instance of what you want to do the process would be to:
  1- Install the PrinterInstaller product on a server
  2- Define all desired printers within the tool
  3- Install the client on the PCs
       a- When the client is installed, it looks at the port settings of the installed printers on the PC and matches those to the installed printers within the tool.  If there is a match then the old printer is removed and a new managed printer is created.  From that point forward, if you make any driver (or settings) changes, they are automatically updated on each PC that has that printer installed.  

 The tool is a good fit for environments where you want to manage printer installations on PCs without having to create your own tools via scripts etc.  It also offers several other advantages over doing things via scripts.

 Good Luck no matter which direction you choose!
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Thanks to eerwalters. But is there any other option to resolve this without payed tool. Is there any way to resolve this via GP?
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