Prevent addition of printers

Prevents users from using familiar methods to add local and network printers. If this policy setting is enabled it removes the Add Printer option from the Start menu. (To find the Add Printer option click Start click Printers and then click Add Printer. ) This setting also removes Add Printer from the Printers folder in Control Panel. Also users cannot add printers by dragging a printer icon into the Printers folder. If they try a message appears explaining that the setting prevents the action. However this setting does not prevent users from using the Add Hardware Wizard to add a printer. Nor does it prevent users from running other programs to add printers. This setting does not delete printers that users have already added. However if users have not added a printer when this setting is applied they cannot print. Note: You can use printer permissions to restrict the use of printers without specifying a setting. In the Printers folder right-click a printer click Properties and then click the Security tab. If this policy is disabled or not configured users can add printers using the methods described above.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Explorer # NoAddPrinter

  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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