Windows 7: How to allow users to install printers if they are not Administrators
September 12, 2012
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Problem: If users are not Local Administrators they cannot install Printer (and other) drivers to their machines.
There are two main approaches:
1. Pre-stage drivers for users using ConfigMgr or PNPUTIL as described here: http://blog.coretech.dk/mip/personal-note-no-5-make-driver-available-for-none-admin-user/ and here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc772036.aspx
2. Or allow installation of a specific hardware class for limited users as described here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc725772(v=ws.10).aspx
3. Use GPO as described here: http://techibee.com/group-policies/allow-normaldomain-users-to-add-network-printers-in-windows-7/457 . Just in case the link will be dead – it is under Computer Configuration – Administrative Templates – Printers – Point and Print Restriction