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    Printers and scanners

    I have a question re- installing printers and scanners. On a Windows 7 client, if I am installing a local printer I install the drivers from installation disc, all fine but then I connect the device and windows goes through the searching for drivers for 5+mins even though have just installed them. If I cancel the windows search it says not installed. So I have to let the windows search run, regardless if i have already used the installation disc. Am I missing something bleedin' obvious ? Any help gratefully received.
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    Have you tried downloading and installing the latest drivers from the manufactures website or installing the drivers directly via device manager?

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    Unpack the drivers somewhere easily navigable to and use "Have Disk", no need to let Windows search for anything.

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    Yes I have tried latest drivers from website, although not via Device Manager.

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    Assuming the downloaded driver has an .inf, copy the whole driver to the local PC (eg, c:\drivers\printers) and then open a dos windows using "Run as administrator"
    Run pnputil.exe /a /i "c:\drivers\printers\whateverthefileiscalled.i nf"
    This will install the driver to the driver store and then install on the local PC

    I use this utility to preload all my drivers into my master image (but I don't use the /i switch as I don't actually want them installed...)

    More details here:-

    PnPUtil (Windows Drivers)

    Hope that helps
    Andrew

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