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When I use the following Powershell command to list all the printers my laptop has configured, it takes a few minutes for Windows to return the result. I have 3 printers configured, one is a virtual CutePDF printer, one is a Canon printer on my home network and the last is a Xerox printer on my work network.

I am currently using the following to list the printers

gwmi -class Win32_Printer -computer .

Are there faster ways to do this? What's causing the slow down, is it interrogating the network for print server?

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I'm guessing it's trying to query the work printer and timing out eventually. On my computer that only has local and home network printers configured, the same command takes only 1-2 seconds. – Indrek Nov 30 '12 at 11:15
That's my thought as well. I would think there would be some way to specify a timeout or have a little more control over the way you query for it. I guess I could go directly against the registry. – Johnnie Nov 30 '12 at 18:47
I found a PS function that wraps Get-WmiObject and allows you to specify the timeout: See if that fixes your problem. – Indrek Nov 30 '12 at 20:18

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