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.
Have you tried downloading and installing the latest drivers from the manufactures website or installing the drivers directly via device manager?
Unpack the drivers somewhere easily navigable to and use "Have Disk", no need to let Windows search for anything.
Yes I have tried latest drivers from website, although not via Device Manager.
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