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How to remove and add LOCAL printers via script

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Hello, I have an environment that I want to remove the printers (including the drivers) and add them back via a script.  These printers work best if they are LOCAL so I need to have them install via the local machine and not on a print server.

These systems are on a AD Domain with the DC having Windows 2008

Windows 7 64bit and 32bit systems.
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by:Randy Downs
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Try this  .

VBS
set objNetwork = CreateObject(“WScript.Network”)
objNetwork.RemovePrinterConnection “\\Your_print_server\printer_name_being_removed”
objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection “\\Your_print_server\printer_name_being_added”

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Logon Script
 @echo off 
    Pushd %~dp0 
    Cscript printerinst.vbs

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Sandeep earned 250 total points
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You can use PrintUI tool to configure the script (.bat) and remove the network printer and add same printers as Local printers.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee624057(v=ws.11).aspx

This article is self explaining so you should be able to try it on one system by using command prompt. Once you are sure it works save same commands in a batch file one after the other like printer removal command on first line and on next addition of printer. I assume you have same name of printer to add and remove on all machines. Then use same batch file to run from all machines and hope this should work.
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by:Lionel MM
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This site is similar to the one already provided -- I use it as my reference point so it may help you too http://windowsitpro.com/windows/how-can-i-add-printer-command-line; shows how to add, remove, & delete drivers & printers
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by:jdmailny
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What is your exact question - this is not clear
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by:tucktech
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Printui scripts are the way to go for this problem.
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