How to install a printer driver command line

Written by joshua laud
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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.

  2. 2

    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.

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    Replace "computername" with the name of the computer on your server that you want to install the printer to.

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    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."

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    Replace "Windows 2000" with the operating system version on the target computer. "/v" refers to the driver version to be installed.

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    Replace "C:\printerdrive.inf" with the path and file name of the printer driver. "/f" refers to the path for the inf file.

  7. 7

    Press "Enter" to install the printer to the target from the command line.

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