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How to Install Printers using Batch Files

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Microsoft provides a way to install printers using batch files. Type:

RUNDLL32 PRINTUI.DLL,PrintUIEntry /?

on the "Run" command line for a list of options and examples, e.g.,
Usage: rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry [options] [@commandfile]

   /a[file] binary file name
   /b[name] base printer name
   /c[name] unc machine name if the action is on a remote machine
   /dl delete local printer
   /dn delete network printer connection
   /dd delete printer driver
   /e display printing preferences
   /f[file] either inf file or output file
   /ga add per machine printer connections
   /ge enum per machine printer connections
   /gd delete per machine printer connections
   /h[arch] driver architecture one of the following, Alpha | Intel | IA64
   /ia install printer driver using inf file
   /id install printer driver using add printer driver wizard
   /if install printer using inf file
   /ii install printer using add printer wizard with an inf file
   /il install printer using add printer wizard
   /in add network printer connection
   /j[provider] print provider name
   /k print test page to specified printer, cannot be combined with command when installing a printer
   /l[path] printer driver source path
   /m[model] printer driver model name
   /n[name] printer name
   /o display printer queue view
   /p display printer properties
   /q quiet mode, do not display error messages
   /r[port] port name
   /s display server properties
   /Ss Store printer settings into a file
   /Sr Restore printer settings from a file
   Store or restore printer settings option flags that must be placed at the end of command:
	2	PRINTER_INFO_2
	7	PRINTER_INFO_7
	c	Color Profile
	d	PrinterData
	s	Security descriptor
	g	Global DevMode
	m	Minimal settings
	u	User DevMode
	r	Resolve name conflicts
	f	Force name
	p	Resolve port
   /u use the existing printer driver if it's already installed
   /t[#] zero based index page to start on
   /v[version] driver version one of the following, Windows 95, 98 and Me | Windows NT 4.0 | Windows NT 4.0 or 2000 | Windows 2000 or XP | Windows XP
   /w prompt the user for a driver if specified driver is not found in the inf
   /y set printer as the default
   /Xg get printer settings
   /Xs set printer settings
   /z do not auto share this printer
   /Y do not auto generate a printer name
   /K changes the meaning of /v and /h to accept 0,1,2,3, respectively Windows IA64 | Windows NT x86 | Windows NT Alpha_AXP | Windows 4.0
   /Z share this printer, can only be used with the /if option
   /? help this message
   @[file] command line argument file
   /Mw[message] show a warning message before committing the command
   /Mq[message] show a confirmation message before committing the command
   /W[flags] specifies flags and switches for the wizards (for APW & APDW)
	r	make the wizards to be restart-able from the last page
   /G[flags] specifies global flags and switches
	w	suppress setup driver warnings UI (super quiet mode)

Examples:

   Run server properties: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /s /t1 /n\\machine
   Run printer properties: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /p /n\\machine\printer
   Run add printer wizard localy: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /il 
   Run add printer wizard on \\machine: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /il /c\\machine
   Run queue view: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /o /n\\machine\printer
   Run inf install: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /if /b "Test Printer" /f %windir%\inf\ntprint.inf /r "lpt1:" /m "AGFA-AccuSet v52.3"
   Run add printer wizard using inf: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /ii /f %windir%\inf\ntprint.inf
   Add per machine printer connection: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /ga /c\\machine /n\\machine\printer /j"LanMan Print Services"
   Delete per machine printer connection: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /gd /c\\machine /n\\machine\printer
   Enumerate per machine printer connections: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /ge /c\\machine
   Add printer driver using inf: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /ia /c\\machine /m "AGFA-AccuSet v52.3" /h "Intel" /v "Windows 2000 or XP" /f %windir%\inf\ntprint.inf
   Add printer driver using inf: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /ia /K /c\\machine /m "AGFA-AccuSet v52.3" /h "Windows NT x86" /v 3
   Remove printer driver: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /dd /c\\machine /m "AGFA-AccuSet v52.3" /h "Intel" /v "Windows 2000 or XP"
   Remove printer driver: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /dd /K /c\\machine /m "AGFA-AccuSet v52.3" /h "Windows NT x86" /v 3
   Set printer as default: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /y /n "printer"
   Set printer comment: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Xs /n "printer" comment "My Cool Printer"
   Get printer settings: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Xg /n "printer"
   Get printer settings saving results in a file: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /f "results.txt" /Xg /n "printer"
   Set printer settings command usage:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Xs /n "printer" ?
   Store all printer settings into a file: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Ss /n "printer" /a "file.dat"
   Restore all printer settings from a file: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Sr /n "printer" /a "file.dat"
   Store printer information on level 2 into a file : 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Ss /n "printer" /a "file.dat" 2
   Restore  from a file printer security descriptor: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Sr /n "printer" /a "file.dat" s
   Restore  from a file printer global devmode and printer data: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Sr /n "printer" /a "file.dat" g d
   Restore  from a file minimum settings and resolve port name: 
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Sr /n "printer" /a "file.dat" m p