Here is the solution to the error message you get when you log a Windows Vista computer into a Windows 2003 domain and it comes up with the following message “To use the shared printer, you need to install the printer driver on your computer” when it tries to automatically map a network printer:

To fix the problem, here is what you need to do:

  • On the local Vista computer, open up Local Group Policy Editor by clicking on [Start] then typing in “gpedit.msc
  • Navigate to –> Local Computer Policy –> User Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Control Panel –> Printers
  • Double click on “Point and Print Restrictions
  • Select “Enabled“, then scroll down the middle of that box and under “Security Prompts“, make the following selections:- “When installing drivers for a new connection”, select “Do not show warning or evelvation prompt“- “When updating drivers for an existing connection”, select “Do not show warning or elevation prompt

  • Click on [OK] to accept the changes this you’re done.

You can also do this in a Windows 2008 environment using Group Policy on the DOMAIN instead.

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