without the Run as administrator menu selection, you have two choices.
Command Prompt, Right Click
Run as Administrator (if that's not there then the reason you don't see it
for the printer is the same and unrelated to printing)
Open Task Manager
terminate the explorer.exe process
from the elevated command prompt type
(this is now the explorer running in elevated privilege)
Open the printers folder and delete the printer. If that fails open the
printer properties, Security, Advanced, Owner and make the
machine\administrator owner of the queue rather than System.
get back to me for options 2.
Windows Printing Team
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"Bill" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Alan Morris [MSFT] wrote:
>> Is User account control enabled?
>> Does the admin user have a password set?
>> For the local printer did you just create a fake printer or did you
>> use a device that you plugged into the laptop and the Plug and Play
>> portion of the OS installed the device.
> The printer was connected to the PC. I did not do it but I assume that
> PNP created the printer entry. This happened when the user was trying
> to connect to install a network printer on an XP Home machine on his
> home network and could not. He claims that he then connected the
> printer directly to the Vista PC and that is the printer that cannot be