Product Documentation

Drivers policy settings

Jun 13, 2017

The Drivers section contains policy settings related to printer drivers.

Automatic installation of in-box printer drivers

This setting enables or disables the automatic installation of printer drivers from the Windows in-box driver set or from driver packages staged on the host using pnputil.exe /a.

By default, these drivers are installed as needed.

Universal driver preference

This setting specifies the order in which universal printer drivers are used, beginning with the first entry in the list.

By default, the preference order is:
  • EMF
  • XPS
  • PCL5c
  • PCL4
  • PS

You can add, edit, or remove drivers, and change the order of drivers in the list.

Universal print driver usage

This setting specifies when to use universal printing.

By default, universal printing is used only if the requested driver is unavailable.

Universal printing employs generic printer drivers instead of standard model-specific drivers, potentially simplifying the burden of driver management on host computers. The availability of universal print drivers depends on the capabilities of the user device, host, and print server software. In certain configurations, universal printing might not be available.

When adding this setting to a policy, select an option:
  • Use only printer model specific drivers specifies that the client printer uses only the standard model-specific drivers that are auto-created at logon. If the requested driver is unavailable, the client printer cannot be auto-created.
  • Use universal printing only specifies that no standard model-specific drivers are used. Only universal print drivers are used to create printers.
  • Use universal printing only if requested driver is unavailable uses standard model-specific drivers for printer creation if they are available. If the driver is not available on the server, the client printer is created automatically with the appropriate universal driver.
  • Use printer model specific drivers only if universal printing is unavailable uses the universal print driver if it is available. If the driver is not available on the server, the client printer is created automatically with the appropriate model-specific printer driver.