Windows 10 User / Printer Lineup control

Windows 10 Pro peer-to-peer network.  Most printers are network  printers but not all.

In the past, it seemed that printers were installed to the MACHINE.  Now it looks like this is no longer the case or that the default has changed.
We see different printers installed for different users.
When User1 runs an application using User2 credentials, the printers that show up available to the app are those for User2 only!
(for example, this happens when an app user needs to run the app as an Administrator).
[Printers can be selected in the app with a pulldown menu.  But, the menu doesn't have the expected printers listed unless they are installed in the User2 profile/login context].

How can we get the default that all printers installed are available to all users on the workstation?
(While using TCP/IP ports when possible).
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Fred MarshallPrincipalAsked:
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McKnifeCommented:
If you have a shared printer and user 1 is the first to install it, then the drivers are copied to the machine. User 2 will be able to install it the same way as user 1 did, why not just do that?
Fred MarshallPrincipalAuthor Commented:
McKnife:  Because it's an extra step?  Because adding a user later can be done by the staff and/or managers AND because they don't expect to find this situation?  
So, the outcome is a surprise resulting in a call to a contract technical specialist at some cost, with attendant frustration and time lost by the staff.
I often think of the difference between in-house employee staff and outside contract staff.  In the first case, the call may well be "free" and the perspective of shunting it off to "IT" is understandable.  
I don't know which case results in the longer wait time.  :-)
Then, once the call is made, there's the matter of figuring out what the problem is - when it's unexpected.
But, once all that's done, then it's easy of course.  And, if the "next time" is recognizable at least the tech time is minimized.

Anyway, from your response it seems that there's not a nice way to do it otherwise.  Is that correct?
McKnifeCommented:
We use GPOs to deploy printer to computer accounts, not user accounts and they are accessible by all. If you are in a workgroup environment, just install it to a TCP/IP port as shown here: http://www.tp-link.com/us/faq-929.html or https://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/print_add_tcpip_port.mspx?mfr=true
Afterwards, it shows for all.

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Fred MarshallPrincipalAuthor Commented:
I have tried the alternate procedure to install a "local" printer and that works.
But, on the test machine I tried it on, I also followed the "normal" procedure and can still see ALL the printers no matter which User is logged in.
That's the behavior I'm used to seeing.
So now I have to wonder why it was different on the original workstation.
??
McKnifeCommented:
Why worry, if I may ask?
Take a VM, two users and some printer and play with it (add/delete) - the answer will be found.
Fred MarshallPrincipalAuthor Commented:
I took a real machine and some printer and did play with it.    The result was opposite to that suggested.  
However, another machine was different and I'd like to know why in order to prevent it happening.  But, it didn't happen....

But, I guess if we modify our procedure then it's not supposed to happen; that the printers will be there for all users of the machine.
Fred MarshallPrincipalAuthor Commented:
I'm not sure that we nailed this down.  The options are:
Add Printer optionsI hadn't even noticed the latter choice before.  And, I guess that using it *will* cause all users to have it on their Devices and Printers list, eh?  What I don't understand is why this seems to be the case even with the former choice *most of the time*.  Was the one observation a fluke then?
Fred MarshallPrincipalAuthor Commented:
Thanks!
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