Disable autoinstall of shared printer

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Hi,

We have a Local LAN in our office with 9 computers connected over the network. Also we are sharing some printers on the network, so that some users can also access the printer through networking, as some printers are located at the 2nd floor of the building.
 
Every user or PC must only be connected to a shared printer maybe around 3 or 4 printers. But every time we view the installed printers at control panel, it shows all the shared printers in the network, in our office, which take some time to load.
 
Now we are having difficulty in choosing which printer driver were going to used, every time we are going to print some documents. I have deleted the other printer drivers installed.
 
My problem is that were having this activity wherein we will be reformatting all 9 computers, after I share those printers my dilemma is, will it again automatically install those printers on each PC.
 
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Disable autoinstall of shared printer

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Hi there, I am Annies.

What you can try to do in this situation is to disable automatic search for network printers so it won't automatically install the printer. Here's what you do:

  1. Go to Control Panel and click Appearance and Themes then got to Folder Options.
  2. Under View tab, click Advanced Settings,
  3. In the least clear the Automatically Search for Network Folders and Printers.
  4. Click OK.

 

  • You can also do this using regedit. Just run regedit and go to;
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced.
  • Right click on System and click New and then choose DWORD Value. Type NoNetCrawling, once created double click and type its value to 1 and then click OK. Restart your Computer.
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Answered By 0 points N/A #125724

Disable autoinstall of shared printer

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Hey,

After your activity of reformatting all PC in your network. Before you install and share those printers, make sure you do the following methods. Just select, depending on your OS.
 
FOR WIN XP Users:
 
METHOD 1:
 
  1. Click START, select CONTROL PANEL, select APPEARANCE AND THEMES and click FOLDER OPTIONS.
  2. Click VIEW tab, in the ADVANCE SETTINGS list, uncheck the check box for AUTOMATICALLY SEARCH FOR NETWORK FOLDERS AND PRINTERS. 
  3. Click APPLY then OK.
  4. Install your printer driver and share it to the network. On individual PC just install the shared printer desired.
 
METHOD 2 (For advanced users with knowledge in editing the registry):
 
  1. Click start, select RUN and type REGEDIT.
  2. Locate the following subkey : HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced.
  3. Right click SYSTEM, click NEW and select DWORD VALUE.
  4. Type NoNetCrawling and press enter key.
  5. Double click NoNetCrawling, in the VALUE data, type 1 and click OK.
  6. Close REGEDIT window.
 
FOR WIN 7 USERS:
 
  1. Click start, type GPEDIT.MSC then press enter key.
  2. At Computer Configuration, click ADMINISTRATIVE TEMPLATES then select PRINTERS.
  3. Double click Add Printer Wizard – Network scan page (managed network) in the right panel.
  4. Select DISABLED then click OK.
  5. Close GPEDIT window.

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