How to Allow or Prevent Users from Deleting Printers

In this post, you’ll see two different methods to prevent users from deleting printers (local and network). Pick the one you prefer.

Here, I’m using Windows 11 PC. Let’s begin.

How to Prevent Users from Deleting Printers using Local Group Policy Editor

Launch local group policy editor.

Navigate to the User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Printers.

Then double-click “Prevent deletion of printers” in the right pane.

Select Enabled.

Hit the OK button.

That’s all.

Note: To allow it, follow the above steps but select Not Configured or Disabled.

How to Prevent Users from Deleting Printers using Registry Editor

Launch Registry Editor. I suggest a Registry backup before continuing.

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > Explorer.

Right-click on the blank space in the right pane.

Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Enter NoDeletePrinter as a name and then press the Enter key.

Double-click it and enter 1 (to prevent) or 0 (to allow) in the Value data field.

Hit the OK button.

That’s it.

Note: You can also allow it by removing the DWORD you created earlier.

I hope this guide, “How to Allow or Prevent Users from Deleting Printers,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.

See: How to Prevent Users from Changing Mouse Pointer