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  • Question

  • This is not in a strict sense, a SS question but, I'm using SS in a Public Library and I'm hoping that SS can cure my problem. On to the problem....
    I have 25 Vista Pro boxes running SS (at 3 different locations) Each print to a Samba Print server that allows us to release print jobs when our patrons ask for their printing. This works fine. The major problem is that the default fax & XPS Document writer keep re-installing themselves and our patrons just seem to want to click the printer icon instead of using the file menu (which brings up the dialog that allows them to select the printer. when the XPS Writer pops back into the equation, it sets itself as the default so that clicking the printer icon causes the save as dialog to come up instead of printing. Is there a way (duh.....of course there's a way!) to disable the re-installation of the fax & XPS document writer with SS? (or any other way)
    Dan
    Friday, September 25, 2009 1:21 PM

Answers

  • I have found a solution for this problem. I've created a batch file with the following code in it, and placed a shortcut in startup.

    <code>

    REM     For vista & XP

    c:

    cd \windows\system32\

    REM       For W7 use cd \windows\system32\Printing_Admin_Scripts\en-US

    cscript prnmngr.vbs -d -p "Microsoft XPS Document Writer"


    </code>

    This removes the XPS Document Writer each time a user is logged on.
    • Marked as answer by Dan Will Tuesday, September 29, 2009 12:15 PM
    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 12:07 PM

All replies

  • Hi Dan, based on my experience, there is no such restriction regarding XPS document in Windows SteadyState. Have you tried Windows Disk Protection to retain changes?
    Sean Zhu - MSFT
    Monday, September 28, 2009 5:54 AM
  • Yes Sean, Iv'e saved using WDP. Makes no difference as Windows seems to find the XPS Document printer no matter what. When I reboot its gone but, upon reboot it finds it and reinstalls it.
    Dan
    Monday, September 28, 2009 12:06 PM
  • Dan, I suggest you temporarily disable WDP, log on the shared user, make those XPS document printer related settings. Then enable WDP to check the result. Also, you can post the XPS related issue to our Windows Vista forum via the following link:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/category/windowsxpitpro

    Hope this helps!


    Sean Zhu - MSFT
    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 8:21 AM
  • I have found a solution for this problem. I've created a batch file with the following code in it, and placed a shortcut in startup.

    <code>

    REM     For vista & XP

    c:

    cd \windows\system32\

    REM       For W7 use cd \windows\system32\Printing_Admin_Scripts\en-US

    cscript prnmngr.vbs -d -p "Microsoft XPS Document Writer"


    </code>

    This removes the XPS Document Writer each time a user is logged on.
    • Marked as answer by Dan Will Tuesday, September 29, 2009 12:15 PM
    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 12:07 PM