JSI Tip 0018 - Changing the default Spool directory.

You can change the default printer spool directory for all printers or the printer spool directory for specific printers.
To change the default printer spool directory for all printers add the following value:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers
Value Name: DefaultSpoolDirectory
Data Type: REG_SZ
String: full path to printer spool directory


To change the default printer spool directory for specific printers add the following value:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers\<specific printer>
Value Name: SpoolDirectory
Data Type: REG_SZ
String: full path to printer spool directory

You must make sure that the path specified actually exists. If it does not exist, Windows NT uses the default spool directory.


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