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Network Printers format in registry

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Window 8

    Network Printers format in registry


    Hello,

    Our customer has recently upgraded Windows server from 2003 to 2008.
    In new server, we saw that network printer's definition in registry is in the format of 'Printer on Server', while in old server the printer format was mainly '\\Server\Printer' (although the 'Printer on Server' format existed there too).
    So due to this change in printer 'format', we need to modify our software to recognize the new format.

    Does anyone knows how does windows determines which format to use in printer definition?
    Is there a way to switch between formats?

    (Note: I refer to printer definition under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Devices registry key)

    Thanks in advance.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,093
    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    I really think you need to post this question elsewhere because most of us are not software developers and have no experience in that area. Please be advised that I am only speaking for myself right now but I'll be delightfully surprised if someone comes forth with the development answer you are looking for. Good luck.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Window 8


    Thanks,
    But I'm not asking about development, but about the change of configuration of network printers..
    Is there any way to set the network printers configuration in registry to \\Server\Printer format in Win2008 ?
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  4. #4


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    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Well, your opening statement makes reference to "modifying our software to recognize a new format." You then continue to ask if "anyone knows how does windows determines which format to use in printer definition." So, one would need to be well-versed in the Windows (whatever version) inherent coding. However, since you have now downgraded your opening statement to a simple question:

    Is there any way to set the network printers configuration in registry to \\Server\Printer format in Win2008 ?

    You might get a response to that.
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  5. #5


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    just want to say this is a win8 help forum not win server 2008.not to say someone in here might have the answer but you could check Microsoft server support site ,good luck
    Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012, 2008 and 2003
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