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Deploying Printers via Group Policy Preferences issues due to drivers.

I am trying to deploy a Sharp printer via Group Policy Preference. My Windows 8.1 workstations won't install the printer. The log Event ID 4098

The user '<port IP>' preference item in the 'PIT Printers {3DDF8B68-3EF3-48F2-B392-7A5B3911B9FA}' Group Policy Object did not apply because it failed with error code '0x80070bcb The specified printer driver was not found on the system and needs to be downloaded.' This error was suppressed.

I have searched for a solution but cannot seem to find one. I have disabled the point and print policy settings and that doesn't work.

If I simply browser to \\server and install the printer it works. Though the driver is not signed and I have to click to install the driver. There has to be an easier way to do this.
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantCommented:
The problem is the signed driver issue--it won't deploy if not a signed driver; go to the website for the printer and get the latest driver for all your operating systems
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wyliecoyoteukCommented:
Is the printer using a standard TCP/IP port or a sharp IP port?
If the latter, it will not deploy.
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mthsupportAuthor Commented:
I realize the driver is not signed. but this is very common with printer drivers. So how do you get around that issue?

It is a standard IP port.
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mthsupportAuthor Commented:
Anyone?
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantCommented:
although it is common for printer drivers to be installed that are not signed I don't know of anyone to get past the prompt automatically other than finding ones that are signed. sorry
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hdhondtCommented:
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