Allow Users to Install Printers with Group Policy


KB ID 0000148 Dtd 24/11/09


Ordinary domain users cannot install printer drivers, because installing a printer driver requires “rights”. So unless you have installed the print driver as an administrator, the users cannot add a new printer, without logging on with administrative privileges, installing the printer and driver, then logging back on as the user, only at that point can they install the printer.

To stop this happening grant the users rights to install printer drivers, Note: this does have security implications, they can then install any printer they like, including ones that might have “dodgy” drivers.


This can be set in group policy either in local policy, or via domain GPO, you can locate the policy at,

Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options > Devices: Prevent users from installing printer drivers.

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