I have networked printers associated with servers (mostly Windows Server 2012). When I setup new computers or upgrade older ones to Windows 7, I login as a domain administrator, install all printers, programs, set settings, etc. under that account. I then copy that account's profile so that the Default user has the same programs, printers, settings, etc. Then, everyone who logs into that computer has the same programs, printers, settings, etc.
This worked fine in Windows XP and I believe initially in Windows 7. Seems like ever since Windows 7 SP1 or possibly an update, when a user logs onto a Windows 7 computer and tries to print, they can't unless their account is in the local Administrators group. Does same thing regardless of 32-bit or 64-bit, Windows 7 Pro or Windows 7 Enterprise. If I'm logged in as a normal user and open Devices and Printers, there is an icon over the printers that is yellow with an exclamation point. If I try to open the printer, it says: Operation could not be completed (0x00000005). Access is Denied.
Is there a fix for this or some folder that I need to give everyone access to? We are a school district with many students sharing computers so having each student install the printers is not an option. Thanks!