Auto (printername) Printers showing up in XP Printers and Faxes Folder

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kjfrey55

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This seems to be happening for various printers on various workgroups. Basically, I install a shared workgroup printer on a computer in the workgroup (not the computer it's physically attached to). Then on some login names, in their Printers and Faxes folder I see the same printer but the word "Auto" is in front of it. These often have limited ability to work. But I'm mainly wondering why they show up and how.
 
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Windows sensed them on the network and automatically installed them . . it's agrivating that it does that, but it does.
 

kjfrey55

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Thanks for your reply. I think the only reason I was having a problem is that it seems to only allow those users who have administrator accounts to print to them. Even when I've installed a printer locally, only administrator accounts can print. A limited account user cannot.

Without making any other changes, I had a limited user unable to print. As soon as I made him an administrator he could. W2k used to have several levels of users - Users, Power Users, etc. - where you could grant an array of priviledges. I could not find similar in the User setup in XP. My thought was that printing (for some Microsoft reason) had or could be granted separately. It doesn't make sense that you'd have to open your machines to the ordinary Joe or Jane as administrators simply to be able to print. Any ideas?

Thanks.

Ken
 
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