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Hi,

I've setup some new printers on a Windows 2008 server (after installing the Print Management role), installed the 32 and 64 bit drivers and manually added the connection on my laptop to test that it works and it does.

What I want is to setup a group policy so that when the users return to the office it will install the new printers on boot up. I've created a new group policy, set the User Config > Preferences > Control Panel Settings > Printers so that it is 'Create' for the 3 new printers, set the UNC path to them and OK'ed it. I've enabled Point And Printer Restrictions on User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Printers and said to not display notifications but it still doesn't install them.

It seems that when I manually add the printers on the machines, it comes up saying to Install Driver, I click to install them, it downloads them, doesn't pop up asking for admin details thankfully, then maps them fine. If I do this with all three new printers manually, remove the device then do a gpupdate /force it maps the printers automatically after that.

I really need it to install the drivers and map the printers on boot up instead of getting the users to manually do it. Any ideas where I'm going wrong? The client machines are Windows 7 (32 bit) so I know they aren't going to need client side extensions installed.

Thanks in advance/
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epichero22 earned 2000 total points
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I have a Windows 2008 / Windows 7 network and I simply install the printer on the server, share it, and distribute it via group policy.  Not sure why you'd want it to "install" on boot, but when users log on, they're all automatically there and available for them.
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I had tried those steps but it wasn't working but then I found out it was a very novice mistake. I hadn't clicked on 'Add' afterwards to add the printer in the list of printers being deployed. I had done everything else apart from that so it was down to a foolish mistake on my part.

Thanks for the quick response.
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