Can't install a printer shared by Windows 2003

Grace Yin 111 Reputation points

We have a printer which has to be installed on a Windows 2003 server and shared by the server for specific reason. We can't install the printer. The error message is below.


How to fix the issue?

Please help! Thanks!

Windows Server Printing
Windows Server Printing
Windows Server: A family of Microsoft server operating systems that support enterprise-level management, data storage, applications, and communications.Printing: Printer centralized deployment and management, scan and fax resources management, and document services
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  1. Limitless Technology 39,511 Reputation points


    The first option to take is to run the Printer Troubleshooter.

    Click on the Windows Key + R to fire up the Run dialog box, then type the following command and click Enter:

    msdt.exe /id PrinterDiagnostic

    Methed Second Is try to Change the registry
    a) Click on Start.
    b) Type regedit in the start search and click Enter.
    c) Move to the location mentioned below.

              HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

    d) In the right column, you will find key Device, change the value to your Printer name.
    e) It is of the format for example: "HP LaserJet 4250 PCL6,winspool,Ne03:".

    f) Right click on the value and click on Rename, change it to your printer name.
    Restart Print Spooler Service and clear its folders:
    In the searching tab next to the Start Menu type cmd.
    Then right-click on Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.
    In the opened window paste these commands one-by-one and click Enter after each command:

    net stop spooler
    del /Q /F /S "%systemroot%\System32\Spool\Printers*.*"
    net start spooler

    If the issue still Persists then Please reinstall the printer Driver

    And see if it helps,

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  2. Alan Morris 1,161 Reputation points

    @Limitless Technology

    This is Server 2003. There was not a troubleshooter in that OS.

    @Grace Yin

    Error 0x709 is invalid printer name
    C:\>winerror 0x709

    I normally associate this message when one is attempting to add the connection to the share, not the local printer on the server.

    Make sure the machine name is not greater than 15 characters if this is in fact the message when adding the connection to the share.

    Other than that you can find the other variants causing error 0x709 from Microsoft TechNet forums or SpiceWorks

    Are you seeing this on the Server 2003 system?

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