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Windows 7: Printer search location not prefilled

30 Jul 2014   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
Printer search location not prefilled

Hi guys,

Consider the following scenario:
Open Devices and Printers --> Click "Add a printer" --> Click "Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer" --> Select "Find a printer in the directory, based on location of feature" --> Click "Next" --> an Active Directory search window opens ---> Focus on the "Location" field.

How can I have this location field prefilled with my current location/site?

It used to be prefilled before, but now it isn't anymore. I can select the site from the Browse button, but in the past the site was there automatically. If that location field is empty, the search goes through all Sites.
The policy on the print server is already enabled: "Pre-populate printer search location text".

Thanks in advance!

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30 Jul 2014   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise x64

I have the solution:
That location can be predefined by using GPOs:
Computer Configuration - Administrative Templates - Printers - Computer Location --> set this policy to "Enabled" and fill out the location you want to have as default when starting the search.

Another possibility is to manipulate the registries:
Browse to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\ and create a new REG_SZ value. In the Value Data field, type the desired location.

Thanks for having a look at this topic! Hope this helps others too!
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