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Windows 7 Not Seeing AD Printers when adding printers

    Question

  • I have a problem with the Add Printer view in Windows 7.

    It doesn't show all our printers that have been published in Active directory. I can click "The printer that I want isn't listed" and see all the printers BUT I want my users to see all printers on the first screen of "Add Printer"

    Tuesday, May 25, 2010 6:43 AM

Answers

  • You may try to change the number of printers displayed via Group Policy:

    1. Click Start, enter gpedit.msc.
    2. Navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Printers.
    3. Double click Add Printer wizard - Network scan page (Managed network).
    4. Enable this policy. Change the value

    Directory printers: 20

    Please enter a larger number.


    Arthur Xie - MSFT
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010 6:46 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • You may try to change the number of printers displayed via Group Policy:

    1. Click Start, enter gpedit.msc.
    2. Navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Printers.
    3. Double click Add Printer wizard - Network scan page (Managed network).
    4. Enable this policy. Change the value

    Directory printers: 20

    Please enter a larger number.


    Arthur Xie - MSFT
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010 6:46 AM
    Moderator
  • Thanks for the hint, I set this gpo to 99. Is there a way to "limit" this list to only the local subnet? Right now I have all printers listed from the HQ and all affiliates too. I guess it queries AD to get this list? Thanks Patrick
    Thursday, February 10, 2011 5:32 PM
  • We also would like to know how to filter the list.  We are a school district with over 22 locations.  All of our printers are networked and listed in AD.  It would be nice if the printers that initially showed in the list were only those on the computer's subnet or if we could filter by location.  Currently it is picking up about 20 printers but seemingly random from all over the organization.

    Thanks,

    Matt Penner

    Wednesday, April 06, 2011 5:45 PM
  • Hey Matt,

    Have you had any luck/replies on the question you have?  I have a lot of sites too and recently got a request for the same thing.  This is more of a "I would like to have.." request not a show stopper, you know.

     

    Thanks,

     

    Dex

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011 3:47 PM
  • Any more information on the posts above this one? 

    - The ability to restrict printer searching based on Site, Location, etc?

    • Proposed as answer by RushTech68 Monday, July 22, 2013 7:32 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by RushTech68 Monday, July 22, 2013 7:33 PM
    • Proposed as answer by RushTech68 Monday, July 22, 2013 7:33 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by RushTech68 Monday, July 22, 2013 7:33 PM
    Thursday, January 31, 2013 2:12 AM