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Published on 05.26.09 by Brent Trahan

Turn Off Downloading of Print Drivers over HTTP

Learn how to turn off downloading of print drivers over HTTP in Windows 7.

Specifies whether to allow this client to download print driver packages over HTTP.

To set up HTTP printing, non-inbox drivers need to be downloaded over HTTP.

Note: This setting does not prevent the client from printing to printers on the Intranet or the Internet over HTTP. It only prohibits downloading drivers that are not already installed locally.

If you enable this setting, print drivers will not be downloaded over HTTP.

If you disable this setting or do not configure it, users will be able to download print drivers over HTTP.

Turn Off Downloading of Print Drivers over HTTP

  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, System, Internet Communication Management, and then select Internet Communication Settings in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Turn off downloading of print drivers over HTTP in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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