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Published on 05.18.09 by Brent Trahan

Prevent Deleting of Printers

Learn how to prevent deleting a Printer in Windows 7.

If a user tries to delete a printer, such as by using the Delete option in Printers in Control Panel, a message appears explaining that a setting prevents the action.

This setting does not prevent users from running other programs to delete a printer.

Prevent Deleting of Printers

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, and then select Printers in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Prevent deletion of printers in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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