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On windows 10, we are looking for a way to remove/disable the "Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname" from the Add printer screen.

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Any clue if there's a GPO or registry entry that could do this. We haven't had any luck finding one.

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I don't know of such a specific option, only of stronger methods that disable adding all printers.

Method 1 : Hide Devices and Printers

This is described in the Microsoft article Hide/Disable Devices in "Devices and Printers":

  • Run the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)
  • Navigate to the policy User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Control Panel
  • Double-click "Hide specified control panel items"
  • Select Enable, click Show, and type Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters.

Optionally, once this policy is in place, use regedit to create the following entry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

and create a new Key {2227a280-3aea-1069-a2de-08002b30309d} and give the "Default" key the value of Printers.

This will create a Printers folder on the desktop, which when opened gives only the printer listing.

Method 2 : Stop the user from adding or deleting printers

  • Run the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)

  • Navigate to the policy User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Printers

  • Enable the following policies:

    • Prevent addition of printers
    • Prevent deletion of printers
  • Method 2 really is the only real solution to this situation. There are too many ways around the first method. Method 2 will allow you to lock down the printer configuration. – Ramhound Nov 28 '19 at 20:17
  • We agreed, we'll probably go the route of Method 2. Thanks All – Lareau Nov 29 '19 at 13:42

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