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# Saturday, 22 January 2005
Howto: Disable windows automatically adding network printers and faxes

i am configuring my new web server, and i noticed that the event log keeps getting 5 or 6 system warning events about printers getting added or deleted. since i pay close attention to my log, and have no print requirements on the web server, those print logs are clutter. i noticed that windows kept adding in printers that are available on my network, even after i deleted them. after hunting around online, i found that microsoft humbly admit that the feature to automatically add network printers may be undesirable, which it is in my case. at least they let you turn it off.

Open windows explorer, Tools > Folder Options > View > Advanced Settings > turn off "Automatically search for network folders and printers", its the first option in the list.


The KB article says it only applies to XP but it applies to windows server 2003 also.

Saturday, 22 January 2005 22:28:46 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [2]  General | Windows Server

Thursday, 22 January 2009 19:37:30 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Thanks for the info.. quick and easy. I hadn't noticed that option there before.. Thanks again.
Sunday, 15 November 2009 20:53:35 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Thanks for this. On Windows Home Server (which is based on Windows Server 2003), it's within Tools > Folder Options > View

This option was creating a lot of unnecessary "printers" on the server - all of which were actually the printer
that's connected to my server and shared to the other computers on the network. I hate to think what would happen
if I tried printing to one of them:)

Now I've cleared the option, hopefully this unnecessary behaviour will stop.
Peter Parslow
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