How to Prevent Users from Deleting Printers

You will learn how to prevent users from deleting printers (local and network) in this post.

Here are the different methods for completing this task. Pick the one you prefer.

Method #1

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: In order to allow it, follow the above steps but select Not Configured or Disabled.

Method #2

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.

If anyone attempts to remove the printer, they will see this message:

This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.

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