If you're installing a printer on a lot of computers on your home or local network, it's generally too time-consuming to install each printer individually. If you install the printer from the command line, however, you can automate the installation process and remove the need for a print installation wizard. If you learn to program your command-line printer driver installation, this could also be used in a batch script. If you install the printer driver this way, additional software will not be installed, just the basic printer driver.
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Click "Start," type "cmd" and press "Enter" to launch the command prompt.
Type the following string replacing the variables as you type it:
PRINTUI.EXE /ia /c\computername /m "Printer driver model" /h "Intel" /v "Windows 2000" /f C:\printerdriver.inf
"/ia" specifies to install the printer from a .inf file. You need to know where this is located.
Replace "computername" with the name of the computer on your server that you want to install the printer to.
Replace "Printer driver model" with the name and model of your printer. "/m" specifies the model name command, "/h" specifies the driver architecture. This is typically "Intel," but can also be "Alpha," "Mips," or "PowerPC."
Replace "Windows 2000" with the operating system version on the target computer. "/v" refers to the driver version to be installed.
Replace "C:\printerdrive.inf" with the path and file name of the printer driver. "/f" refers to the path for the inf file.
Press "Enter" to install the printer to the target from the command line.
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