Printing issues Windows server 2008/2012 Domain Windows 8.1 Ent clients

Hi all,
Running windows server 2008/2012 domain.  Clients run windows 8.1 Ent.  I have made GPO with preferences to add 2 printers, one of them being the default one.  The clients start up, I check in Devices and printers and there exist more than 20 printers (meaning the printers are duplicating.  Also the printer set to be the default never gets green check to be the default printer.  Instead one note printer becomes the default printer.
Steps taken:
-Stoppod, spooler, Cleared the spool directory, restarted the same thing, many printers and they keep on doubling.
-Tried running the printer troubleshooter from Microsoft, it will not run as the users are not part of administrative group on local machine.
I have been facing this issue for a long time and need help.
Just want:
To have preferences to add 2 printers and one of them being the default.
Need help plz
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amanzoorNetwork infrastructure AdminAsked:
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
In order to make changes to the HKLM and .DEFAULT registries, the user has to either be a local admin or you need to push the GPO as a STARTUP script.
amanzoorNetwork infrastructure AdminAuthor Commented:
Davis,
I do not understand.  Please define in easy steps.
Thanks
Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
In order to properly add printers to the machine, you have to be able to make changes to the HKLM registry hive AND copy files to the Windows directory.  You can do this by either using a STARTUP script or by having local admin privileges; standard users cannot.
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantCommented:
How did you add the printers to the GPO, by using GP editor or by using Print Management to deploy printers via GPO?
amanzoorNetwork infrastructure AdminAuthor Commented:
Davis,
Started to follow:
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/71d06204-3735-4473-8bc9-20be9e19090e/problem-with-multiple-instances-of-shared-printers-being-installed-on-client-computers-when-the?forum=winserverprint
I have tried tweaking the registry on one test machine.  The ghost printers still show up.  
Does not seem like a solution.  All of my printers were fine until Microsoft released these updates.
amanzoorNetwork infrastructure AdminAuthor Commented:
lionee,
I am adding via GPP in user config.
Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantCommented:
Have you run a  "group policy results wizard" to see if the GPOs are been applied?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
If you are using preferences instead of the older print management (this is good by the way, preferences are far more versatile), set the deployment option to "update" and not "create."   There are some non-certified drivers that will not detect they've been created already, so a new set gets deployed with each "create" reboot.  Setting to "update" can help alleviate that. It isn't 100%, as bad drivers are bad drivers, but it may make a difference in your case.

Also, as long as you know the cause now, make sure you have grabbed drivers certified for 2012/8 if at all possible and that those are the only drivers on the print server. Actually uninstall the other drivers if you can. That way when the GPO kicks in and the printers are updated on the client, point-and-print will grab the "good" (aka certified) driver and have far less issues with the oddities that bad drivers (particularly older drivers) can cause.

Microsoft has made considerable changes in printing. In Vista, they introduced Point-and-Print.  In 2008 R2/7, they dropped cluster support in favor of making print servers highly available via Hyper-V instead of a print cluster role (*greatly simplifying drivers, BTW*), and in 2012/8, they re-architected the rendering pipeline quite a bit, further simplifying the actual driver requirements. So new drivers really are important. Sometimes it is even better to use in-box instead of downloading older drivers, even if the in-box are more generic.

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amanzoorNetwork infrastructure AdminAuthor Commented:
Here you go.  Do not know how it happened.  I wanted to assign points to everyone.  The solution was windows update which removed ghosting of printers.
Thanks
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