One can easily install a local and network printer on Windows 11 PC. For that, you need to navigate through Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Printers & scanners and select
When you configure the setting to disable adding the printers, the
Apart from that, when you will try to add a printer through the “Devices and Printers” section, and you click on the
How to Prevent Adding a Printer in Windows 11 or 10 using Group Policy Editor?
Please note that if you are using Windows 11/10 Home edition, you can not use this method because group policy is not part of that. Either enable gpedit.msc in your PC or use the registry method.
To stop adding a new printer in Windows 11 or 10, do the following:-
Step 1. First, open Local Group Policy Editor.
Step 2. When the Local Group Policy Editor window opens, navigate to the following path from the left sidebar:-
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Printers
Step 3. After that, on the right sidebar, look for the policy name, “Prevent addition of printers,” and double-click on it to modify.
Step 4. Select
Step 5. Then, click
Step 6. Finally, click the
Once you complete the above steps, none of the users’ accounts under your Windows 11/10 PC will add a local or network printer using standard methods. However, this will not affect already installed printers. So you can keep using the already installed printers.
To undo the changes, repeat the above steps, and in step 4 above, you need to select the
How to Disallow Adding a Printer in Windows 11 or 10 through Registry Editor?
To disallow adding a printer in Windows 11 using Registry Editor, do the following:-
Step 1. First, open Registry Editor.
Step 2. When the Registry Editor window opens, browse to the following key from the left sidebar:-
Step 3. After that, right-click on the
Step 4. Next, double-click on the
Step 5. Click
Step 6. Finally, restart your computer to apply the changes.