Configure Print preferences on Win7 startup at work

October 11, 2012 at 08:29:21
Specs: Windows 7
Hi all. Our new IT set up defaults all print settings to black and white, duplex and most annoyingly, normal print rather than locked print.

For someone who prints a lot of colour (not unnecessarily) and really needs it to be locked, I am interested in applying new print preferences on startup.

I think the best way to do this is to stick a .reg shortcut in the startup folder, and I've got the shortcut to run successfully using %SYSTEMROOT%\regedit.exe -s "pathto.reg" but unfortunately the settings don't change.

When I update my print preferences does it update the registry? Or am I exporting and thus re-importing the settings I *don't* want? The printers are Ricoh Aficios.

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October 11, 2012 at 09:37:30
Changing printer driver settings does nothing in the registry. Some printers allow a "profile" to be created which "remembers" all your preferred settings (don't confuse this with a printer profile which is created as part of colour management procedure).

After creating a settings profile, you just choose that profile before printing. It can't be done automatically as far as I know.

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October 11, 2012 at 10:27:20
I see... I don't know what kind of infrastructure my work is using (other than Novell with Windows 7) but all printer settings, no matter how many times you change those settings revert to default upon logging in, however changing the preferences will keep those preferences for the entire session, i.e. they can be changed and the printer does "listen". I can't see any method of setting a printer profile.

I was hoping either VBS or simple registry stuff would be able to do the job :(

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October 11, 2012 at 11:56:37
I'm not so sure we should be offering advice on how to circumvent your work IT's settings.

Why don't you justifiy your requirements then ask your IT about it?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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October 11, 2012 at 14:25:22
You are no doubt using a network printer that is rented. Every sheet of paper that is printed is billed to your company by the vendor. One price for B&W & another for color. Duplex uses half to paper.

As Derek pointed out, your IT dept. set those parameters up for a reason. You need to argue with them if you need something different.

Trying to do an end run around this issue could get you fired.

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October 12, 2012 at 00:28:09
I guess maybe what I'm doing *could* be portrayed as risky but if they didn't want us to print in colour then they wouldn't give us that option at all - as I say you are free to configure your own print settings and print A1 glossy colour if you so wish!

And with regards to them paying per print, I think this is unlikely (half the things jam anyway!) and if they did - well setting my preferences to a lockable print would surely save money anyway!

But thanks for the replies, really appreciate them. I'll call up the helpdesk. Unfortunately in a 5000 strong company most people don't know where the start menu is, and it can get somewhat frustrating!

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