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Add Printer wizard - Network scan page

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  • I am wondering if there is a working replacement for the "Add Printer wizard - Network scan page" group policy setting that will work for Windows 8.1/10. My goal is that when my domain users go to add a printer, ONLY those listed in active directory appear, in particular, no network scanning. I have tried the above setting, as well as turning off network discovery altogether, to no avail.

    Keith Loepere

    Friday, February 05, 2016 5:22 PM

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  • Hello,

    When you try to add printer, you can use above group policy settings to restrict the network location, such as

    Enable browsing for Internet printers
    You can use this policy to direct users to a webpage from which they can install printers.

    If you enable this policy and enter an Internet or intranet address in the text box, Windows adds a Browse button to the Locate Your Printer page in the Add Printer wizard. The Browse button appears beside the Connect to a printer on the Internet or your Company's Intranet option. When users click Browse, Windows opens an Internet browser and navigates to the specified address to display the available printers.

    It seems there is no direct group policy setting to achieve what you want. But to workaround this, you can use group policy to deploy printers to your users or computers, so that when user logon, they can see the printer can be used, more details:

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754699.aspx

    Regards,

    Yan Li


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    Wednesday, February 17, 2016 3:07 AM
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  • Hello,

    I would like to suggest you try below group policy settings:

    • Display the down level page in the Add Printer wizard: Permits users to browse the network for shared printers in the Add Printer wizard. If you enable this policy, when users click Add a network printer but do not enter the name of a particular printer, the Add Printer wizard displays a list of all shared printers on the network and prompts users to choose a printer. If you disable this policy, users cannot browse the network. Instead, they must enter a printer name.

      This policy affects the Add Printer wizard only. It does not prevent users from using other tools to browse for shared printers or to connect to network printers.

    • Default Active Directory path when searching for printers:Specifies the Active Directory location in which searches for printers begin.

      The Add Printer wizard gives users the option of searching Active Directory for a shared printer. If you enable this policy, these searches begin at the location that you specify in the Default Active Directory path box. Otherwise, searches begin at the root of Active Directory.

      This policy provides a starting point for Active Directory searches for printers. It does not restrict user searches through Active Directory.
    • Enable browsing for Internet printers:Adds the path to an Internet or intranet webpage to the Add Printer wizard. 
      You can use this policy to direct users to a webpage from which they can install printers.

      If you enable this policy and enter an Internet or intranet address in the text box, Windows adds a Browse button to the Locate Your Printer page in the Add Printer wizard. The Browse button appears beside the Connect to a printer on the Internet or your Company's Intranet option. When users click Browse, Windows opens an Internet browser and navigates to the specified address to display the available printers.

      This policy makes it easy for users to find the printers that you want them to add.

    Hope this helps.

    Regards,

    Yan Li


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    Monday, February 08, 2016 5:05 AM
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  • Thank you for the suggestion, but, alas, that group policy setting no longer exists in Windows 8/10.

    There doesn't seem to be a working group policy setting for Windows 8/10 to disable network scanning for printers. I am hoping someone knows a registry setting that will do it.


    Keith Loepere

    Monday, February 08, 2016 4:13 PM
  • Correction: The policy Yan Li suggested does exist, but with a different name. It, however, doesn't stop network browsing for printers.

    Keith Loepere

    Monday, February 08, 2016 4:20 PM
  • Hello,

    When you try to add printer, you can use above group policy settings to restrict the network location, such as

    Enable browsing for Internet printers
    You can use this policy to direct users to a webpage from which they can install printers.

    If you enable this policy and enter an Internet or intranet address in the text box, Windows adds a Browse button to the Locate Your Printer page in the Add Printer wizard. The Browse button appears beside the Connect to a printer on the Internet or your Company's Intranet option. When users click Browse, Windows opens an Internet browser and navigates to the specified address to display the available printers.

    It seems there is no direct group policy setting to achieve what you want. But to workaround this, you can use group policy to deploy printers to your users or computers, so that when user logon, they can see the printer can be used, more details:

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754699.aspx

    Regards,

    Yan Li


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    Wednesday, February 17, 2016 3:07 AM
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  • This was a problem for Windows 8.1 and supposedly there was a fix for it.  KB293016

    It seems broken again in Windows 10 Anniversary Update 1607 and I've been unable to figure out how to turn it off. 

    You can, however, have it display a list from active directory first, before it starts scanning the network locally.  

    Make sure your printers have a location defined.  Separate parts of the location by commas as you get more specific.

    

    GP -> computer -> policies-> admin templates -> Printers -> Pre-populate printer search location text-> Enabled

    GP -> computer -> policies -> admin templates -Printers -> Computer Location -> building1*

    or building1/floor2*

    If a user skips the network scan page and asks for an AD list, it will also have a default location of building1* to make it easier.  

    • Proposed as answer by Mike Plichta Monday, December 19, 2016 10:47 PM
    Monday, December 19, 2016 10:47 PM
  • What you suggest is a nice feature, but it doesn't solve the problem. Even with a pre-populated printer list, the add printer wizards still do a network scan, and intermingle the results of that scan with the pre-populated set. I am looking to disable the network scan completely.

    Keith Loepere

    Thursday, January 19, 2017 8:01 PM