How to Prevent Users to Delete Printers in Computer

One of the most common solution to troubleshoot a faulty printer is by going to control panel and delete and reinstall the printer software again on the PC. But sometimes this is not a correct solution because it might be possible that printer is not working due to error in print spooler services. If you are an administrator of your computer then you can stop users from deleting the printer software from your PC. Here’s how you can do that.

You can prevent users to delete printers by going to group policy editor and make some changes in the settings. Here’s how you can do that:

Click on Start button. Type gpedit.msc in the search box. Press Enter.


A Local Group policy Editor will open. Under Local Computer Policy, go to User Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Control Panel –> Printers. Click on Printers and you’ll see many options on a right pane. Click on the option “Prevent deletion of printers”.


A new window will appear. By default the option is not configured. You

Prevents users from deleting local and network printers.have to configure it manually. Check the Enabled option.


That’s it. If a user will try to delete printer then a message will appear saying the internal setting prevents the deletion of printer.

1 Response

  1. This policy does not work on Windows 7. Even with this policy set, it’s easy to remove a printer just my clicking the remove device button.

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