Use PowerShell to add a printer driver

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 30 Oct. 2013 / Last Updated on 30 Oct. 2013]

A tip on how to use Windows PowerShell to add a printer driver

Here's a tip from my colleague Ed Wilson (the Microsoft Scripting Guy) about how to use Windows PowerShell to add a printer driver.

Question: How can you use Windows PowerShell 3 on Windows 8 to install a printer driver – either locally or remotely?

Answer: Use the Add-PrinterDriver function and specify the driver by name. Here is an example:

Add-PrinterDriver -Name "Generic / Text Only"

Mitch Tulloch is a nine-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  For more information see

Ed Wilson is the bestselling author of eight books about Windows Scripting, including Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step, and Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps. He writes a daily blog about Windows PowerShell call Hey, Scripting Guy! that is hosted on the Microsoft TechNet Script Center; for more PowerTips check out the Hey, Scripting Guy! blog.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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