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Windows 7: Why is Printer Management missing in Win 7 Home Premium?

03 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Why is Printer Management missing in Win 7 Home Premium?

Hi - I have done a lot of research and am puzzled by the lack of any firm answer on this issue.

If I lookup Printer management in the Windows 7 help facility, the first choice is Print Management for IT Pros, which states that it should be available -

"Useful tools
This section describes the Microsoft Web site downloads and tools associated with this version of Windows that help you to configure and manage Print Management.

Management Console
Print Management provides a single interface that administrators can use to administer multiple printers and print servers. You can also use Print Management to export printers and settings from one computer and import them on another computer.

To open the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in for Print Management, click Start, click Control Panel, click System and Security, click Administrative Tools, and then click Print Management."

Printer management is not shown within my administrative tools (on 3 pc's both 32 and 64 bit).

If I lookup printer management on Microsoft websites there are many instances where they describe Printer Management as avilable under Windows 7, for example Install Print Components .

Note that I can find a couple of occurances of printmanagement.msc on my pc, but when I try to run them (as an administrator) I get the message "MMC could not create the snap-in."

It seems as though someone at Microsoft made a decsion to remove the Print Management functionality from Home Premium and not tell their customers or staff.

Very frustrating - if anyone knows of a way of enabling Print Management in Home Premium I would be delighted to hear about it.


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