Prevent the deletion of existing printers (For All Users).

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This setting prevents deletion of existing local and network printers.
Level: Recommended For Experts Only
This setting prevents you from deleting a printer configured either on your system or at a network place. When you double-click printers and faxes in control panel, all the printers configured in your account are displayed. You can delete a printer, by using option to delete from the left panel or file menu or the option available at right-clicking the printer icon. Important: in windows 98,me and 2000, the icon is named printers. For this, go to start > run menu, enter regedit and navigate to the registry path listed below. You can create a dword value nodeleteprinter, if this value does not exist. Now, right-click and modify the value to 1 which can prevent deletion of printers. However, if you want to enable back the deletion option, change the value to 0. The changes take effect after a restart or logoff. Note: the restrictions will apply on all user accounts created on your system. When editing the registry it is highly recommended to run a quick scan for optimization, you can test your system now for free.


First, click the 'Start' button, and select 'Run'. In the resulting dialog box, type "regedit".
Second, go to the <b>[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\]</b> key and create a new subkey with the name "Explorer" under "Policies".
Third, right-click in the open area to create a new DWORD value "NoDeletePrinter".
Fourth, right-click on the "NoDeletePrinter" DWORD value and click on 'Modify'.
Finally, enter the value "1" in the text box and click on 'OK'.

Registry Entries

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  • Path: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\]
  • Location: Local Machine
  • Value Name: NoDeletePrinter
  • Data Type: DWORD (DWORD Value)
  • Enabled Value: 1
  • Disabled Value: 0
  • Action Type: Add an Entry

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