Wednesday, August 06, 2014

How to install an old printer on Windows 7

Installing an old Samsung SRP-270 printer onto a Windows 7 setup was not something I thought I'd be doing.

But things turned out that way so here's how I got things up and running.

The problem

You'll probably get one of these problems when you try installing an old printer that doesn't have official Windows 7 driver software:
  • Windows says driver failed to install or something to that effect.
  • The driver installation program gave an error during installation (with or without compatibility mode enabled).
  • Windows says "The printer driver is not compatible with a policy enabled on your computer that blocks NT 4.0 drivers" when you try to add the printer as a shared network printer.
Attempts at installing SRP-270 attached to a Intel InBusiness Print Station fails
Just so happens I got all three while trying to figure this out.

The fix

So here's the simple fix for this. This is an abridged version taken from here.

  1. Run mmc from Run...
  2. Head to File then Add/Remove Snap-in...
  3. Add Group Policy Object Editor
  4. Expand Local computer policy->Computer configuration->Administrative Templates->Printers
  5. Look for "Disallow installation of printers using kernel-mode drivers" and disable it.
  6. Reboot so the policy takes effect.

Try installing your printer driver again; it should install without errors.