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JSI Tip 1205. Cannot install printers on cloned computer?

When installing a printer, you are prompted to overwrite the existing driver, even though no printer has been previously setup. Regardless of your reply, no driver is installed in the %SystemRoot%\System32\Spool\Drivers\W32x86\2 folder.

You cloned a computer that had printers installed (registry entries present), but the drivers are not present in the %SystemRoot%\System32\Spool\Drivers\W32x86\2 folder.

Before you create an image, either use regedt32 to delete the all the sub-keys at:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\Currentcontrolset\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Drivers\Version-2

or insure that the %SystemRoot%\System32\Spool\Drivers\W32x86\2 folder is part of the image.

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