Vista and older printers

Posted on September 12, 2008. Filed under: Hardware, Help, printing, Utilities, Windows Vista | Tags: , , , , , , |

PC Magazine (October 2008) had a possible solution for Vista owners when Vista refuses to install the older kernel-mode printer drivers:

1. Start

2. Run

3. enter gpedit.msc to launch the Group Policy Object Editor

4. Under Computer Configuration, double-click Administrative Templates, select Printers.

5. Find the policy Disallow installation of printers using kernel-mode drivers and double-click it.

6. Set to Disabled.

7. Click OK, close the Group Policy Object Editor, and reboot.

8. Try installing your old driver now.

Use at your own risk — this was intended to discourage crashes caused by badly-written drivers.


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