Browse the network to find printers

Allows users to use the Add Printer Wizard to search the network for shared printers. If you enable this setting or do not configure it when users choose to add a network printer by selecting the “A network printer or a printer attached to another computer” radio button on Add Printer Wizard’s page 2 and also check the “Connect to this printer (or to browse for a printer select this option and click Next)” radio button on Add Printer Wizard’s page 3 and do not specify a printer name in the adjacent “Name” edit box then Add Printer Wizard displays the list of shared printers on the network and invites to choose a printer from the shown list. If you disable this setting the network printer browse page is removed from within the Add Printer Wizard and users cannot search the network but must type a printer name. Note: This setting affects the Add Printer Wizard only. It does not prevent users from using other programs to search for shared printers or to connect to network printers.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows NT -> Printers -> Wizard # Downlevel Browse

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Control Panel -> Printers


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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