Solved

Force Windows 7 / 8.1 to use print server drivers and not Windows Update

Posted on 2014-10-28
2
860 Views
Last Modified: 2014-11-21
Hi,

We are rolling out a new site and have a print server with all printers installed with the HP Universal Print Driver. The client would like all the Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs to get this driver from the print server and not search Windows Update for drivers.

Is there a way to configure this via GPO? I know it can be done manually and have found this article regarding GPO (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2500967) but would like some comments from people who have actually done this successfully.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
0
Comment
Question by:southwestsixteen
2 Comments
 
LVL 53

Assisted Solution

by:McKnife
McKnife earned 250 total points
ID: 40408247
We have distributed the Unidriver to win8.1 and win7.
Simply use GPOs for printer deployment, windows update will not be asked while installing those. Apart from that, do you use windows update for driver updates at all? See http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/disable-windows-update-device-driver-search-prompt/ for a way to turn driver searching on windows update off.
0
 
LVL 18

Accepted Solution

by:
Don S. earned 250 total points
ID: 40408252
When network printer is added, Windows looks for and attempts to install the version of print driver from the print server.  It is only if it cannot find an acceptable print driver on the print server that it will want to install a driver either from the built in listing or a "have a disk" driver.  so just make sure you have both 32bit and 64bit matching drivers on the print server and you should be good to go.  It does not matter whether you manually add a network printer to the desktop or do it via group policy, the above behavior of what windows looks for first is the same.
0

Featured Post

Complete Microsoft Windows PC® & Mac Backup

Backup and recovery solutions to protect all your PCs & Mac– on-premises or in remote locations. Acronis backs up entire PC or Mac with patented reliable disk imaging technology and you will be able to restore workstations to a new, dissimilar hardware in minutes.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Join Greg Farro and Ethan Banks from Packet Pushers (http://packetpushers.net/podcast/podcasts/pq-show-93-smart-network-monitoring-paessler-sponsored/) and Greg Ross from Paessler (https://www.paessler.com/prtg) for a discussion about smart network …
Possible fixes for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 updating problem. Solutions mentioned are from Microsoft themselves. I started a case with them from our Microsoft Silver Partner option to open a case and get direct support from Microsoft. If s…
The goal of this Micro Tutorial is to help navigate beginning users with the app store on Windows 8. It will explain exciting features how to maximize your PC through these apps. This will be demonstrated using Windows 8 operating system.
With the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing a Get Windows 10 icon into the notification area (system tray) of qualifying computers. There are many reasons for wanting to remove this icon. This two-part Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial s…

943 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

19 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now