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I am using gprint as a shell call to print pdf files. I have to install the network printer first, but the program runs under a different account. Is there anyway to install a network printer under Windows XP so that it is available to all accounts on the machine?

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rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /ga /n\\server\printer 

/ga adds it for all users on the machine
/n specifies the name of the printer in \\server\printername format

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For the completness you can also use the prnmngr.vbs script.

It's located in %SystemRoot%\System32\Printing_Admin_Scripts\en-US for Windows 7 For XP it's located in windows\system32.

To add printer for all users you use this command:

cscript prnmngr.vbs -ac -p "\\server\printer"
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