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Adding and Installing Printers in Windows 2000

Installing printers manually is a time consuming, and generally a pain. Windows 2000 makes things a bit easier by allowing your servers to distribute drivers to your clients, as well as automating the client setups when a user picks a printer.
Where to Start
Adding a New Windows 2000 File/Print and Web Server to Your Network
Fast file and printer sharing is a basic network service that virtually all users require on an internal network. Microsoft Windows 2000 is an ideal platform on which to build a reliable and flexible network to share these vital files and services.

Automating Network Printer Setup
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 158398 - Unattended Setup is not designed to install printers. However with little effort, you can configure your environment to install a network printer when a user logs on to a computer running Windows NT or Windows 2000 for the first time. 

How to Add a Default Printer Using a Visual Basic Script
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 263226 - This article shows you how to use a Visual Basic script to add a printer and make it the default printer.

How to Add Printers with No User Interaction in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 189105 - Windows 2000 provides the ability to install a printer using a command line. This is particularly useful when you add or remove a printer from a group of users using a login script or a scheduled event.

HOW TO: Install and Configure Windows 2000 File and Print Server
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 300392 - This step-by-step article describes how to configure your Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server to act as a file and printer server.

How to Install an Internet Printer in Windows 2000 Professional Using Personal Web Manager
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 257416 - This article describes how to install an Internet printer in Windows 2000 Professional using Personal Web Manager (PWM). 

HOW TO: Migrate a Printer Server Configuration Between Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 Computers with the Printer Migrator 2000 Tool
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 315983 - This step-by-step article describes how to migrate a printer server configuration between Windows NT 4.0-based or Windows 2000-based computers by using the Microsoft Printer Migrator 2000 tool (Printmig.exe version 2.0).

How to Set Up Print Services on a Windows 2000-Based Server
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 301201 - This step-by-step article describes how to set up print services on your Windows 2000-based server. To enable users of client computers that are running non-Microsoft operating systems to print, the print server must have additional services installed. 

Troubleshooting Printer Installation Issues

Cannot Add a Printer While a NetWare Print Queue Is Paused
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 222167 - When you attempt to add a printer, you may receive the following error message: 

Cannot Install Language Monitor-Based Printer Driver as a Power User
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 244938 - When you attempt to install a Microsoft Language Monitor-based printer driver in Windows 2000 from the console of a computer on which the operating system is located on an NTFS partition and you are logged on as a member of the Power Users 

Installing Printer From Printer Share Across Security Boundary Generates "No Suitable Drivers..." Error Message
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 246289 - When you double-click a printer share and try to install it after you browse and connect to this share across security boundaries between enterprises, you may receive the following error message: 

Setup Does Not Detect Some HP Printers Properly
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 200511 - When you try to install any of the following Hewlett-Packard (HP) DeskJet printers, Setup detects a "HEWLETT PACKARD DESKJET" printer instead of the specific printer, and does not list any drivers for the printer. 

Telcom Fax 3.0 Fax/Print Service Prevents Adding New Printer
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 155568 - When you attempt to add a new printer, you may receive the following error message: 

 

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