JSI Tip 8258. A Windows 2000 client takes several minutes to display the list of available printers?

When you use the Add Printer Wizard to browse for a network printer, it takes several minutes for the list to appear.

If you are connected to a workgroup:

01. On a print server, or a computer that shares its' printers, press Start / Run / Gpedit.msc / OK.

02. Navigate through Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Printers.

03. Double-click Printer browsing in the right-hand pane.

04. Select Enabled and press OK.

05. Close Group Policy.

06. Open a CMD.EXE window.

07. Type secedit /refreshpolicy machine_policy /enforce and press Enter.

08. Type net stop spooler and press Enter.

09. Type net start spooler and press Enter.

If you are connected to an Active Directory domain, but not all clients support Active Directory printer publishing:

01. On a domain controller, open Active Directory Users and Computers.

02. Right-click the organizational unit where you want to enable printer browsing, and press Properties.

03. Select the Group Policy tab.

04. Select Default Domain Policy (or the policy that you want) and press Edit.

05. Navigate through Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Printers.

06. Double-click Printer browsing in the right-hand pane.

07. Select Enabled and press OK.

08. Close Group Policy.

09. Open a CMD.EXE window.

10. Type secedit /refreshpolicy machine_policy /enforce and press Enter.

11. Type net stop spooler and press Enter.

12. Type net start spooler and press Enter.

If you are connected to a Windows 2000 Active Directory domain, and all clients support Active Directory printer publishing:

01. On a domain controller, open Active Directory Users and Computers.

02. Right-click the organizational unit where you want to disable printer browsing, and press Properties.

03. Select the Group Policy tab.

04. Select Default Domain Policy (or the policy that you want) and press Edit.

05. Navigate through Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates/ Control Panel / Printers.

06. Double-click Browse the network to find printers in the right-hand pane.

07. Select Disabled and press OK.

08. Close Group Policy.

09. Open a CMD.EXE window.

10. Type secedit /refreshpolicy machine_policy /enforce and press Enter.

11. Type net stop spooler and press Enter.

12. Type net start spooler and press Enter.

NOTE: See Using Group Policies to control printers in Active Directory.

NOTE: See Windows NT and Windows 2000 print browsing architecture.



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