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 http://www.mtit.com.

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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