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Description:  

Allows users to use the Add Printer Wizard to search the network for shared printers.

If you enable this setting or do not configure it, when users choose to add a network printer by selecting the
"A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer" radio button on Add Printer Wizard's page 2,
and also check the "Connect to this printer (or to browse for a printer, select this option and click Next)" radio
button on Add Printer Wizard's page 3, and do not specify a printer name in the adjacent "Name" edit box,
then Add Printer Wizard displays the list of shared printers on the network and invites to choose a printer
from the shown list.

If you disable this setting, the network printer browse page is removed from within the Add Printer Wizard,
and users cannot search the network but must type a printer name.

Note: This setting affects the Add Printer Wizard only. It does not prevent users from using other programs
to search for shared printers or to connect to network printers.

Supported on: At least Windows 2000.
Browse the network to find printers
Description Gpedit Regedit CMD Back VBScript PowerShell Script
Gpedit:   

Please perform the following steps:

Please go to Pearl button (Start) and click on the Search programs and files
For more information about the change from Start to Pearl button click here
Type gpedit.msc and press Enter
In the Group Policy window please navigate to User Configuration -> Administrative Templates ->
Control Panel -> Printers and open Browse the network to find printers.
Not Configured -> is the Default state
Enabled -> apply this GPO
Disabled -> this GPO will not be applied

To finish press ok button and close Group Policy window.
Type regedit and press ok
Please confirm User Account Control pop-up
Microsoft official disclaimer

Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by
using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft
cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

Note: This registry key is created by Group Policy when this GPO is Enable or Disable. The GPO Default state
is Not Configured -> this registry entry is not present.

Please navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\Wizard
and locate Downlevel Browse registry key
Regedit:          

Please perform the following steps:

Please go to Pearl button (Start) and click on the Search programs and files
For more information about the change from Start to Pearl button click here
   
   
Double click on Downlevel Browse and edit the value:

To Enable:
Change the data value with:
Downlevel Browse = 1

To Disable:
Change the data value with:
Downlevel Browse = 0

To finish press ok button and close Registry Editor window

Note: Manual editing of this registry key will not be reflected in Group Policy. If you modify this GPO from
Group Policy this registry key will be rewritten.
Type cmd, right click on cmd icon under the Programs and click on Run as administrator
Please confirm User Account Control pop-up
Please select, right and copy a registry key from below, then right click on command prompt window
, select Paste and press Enter

Enabled:
REG add "HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\Wizard" /v "Downlevel Browse" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Disabled:
REG add "HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\Wizard" /v "Downlevel Browse" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
Not Configured:
REG DELETE "HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\Wizard" /v "Downlevel Browse" /f

Note: Manual editing of this registry key will not be reflected in Group Policy. If you modify this GPO from
Group Policy this registry key will be rewritten.
CMD:          

Please perform the following steps:

Please go to Pearl button (Start) and click on the Search programs and files
For more information about the change from Start to Pearl button click here
   
VBScript:          

Const HKEY_CURRENT_USER = &H80000001
strComputer = "."
Set oReg=GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & _
strComputer & "\root\default:StdRegProv")

strKeyPath = "Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\Wizard"
oReg.CreateKey HKEY_CURRENT_USER,strKeyPath
strValueName = "Downlevel Browse"
'Enabled
dwValue = 1
'Disabled
'dwValue = 0
oReg.SetDWORDValue HKEY_CURRENT_USER,strKeyPath,strValueName,dwValue
'Not Configured
'oReg.DeleteValue HKEY_CURRENT_USER,strKeyPath,strValueName
PowerShell Script :          

Enabled\Disabled

$RegKey = "HKCU:\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT"
If(Test-Path ($RegKey + "\Printers"))
{
 $RegKey = "HKCU:\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers"
 If(Test-Path ($RegKey + "\Wizard"))
 {
   $RegKey = "HKCU:\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\Wizard"
    ##Enabled
    New-ItemProperty -path $RegKey -name "Downlevel Browse" -value 1 -PropertyType DWord -Force
    ##Disabled
    ##New-ItemProperty -path $RegKey -name "Downlevel Browse" -value 0 -PropertyType DWord -Force
 }
 else
 {
   New-Item -path $RegKey -name Wizard
   $RegKey = "HKCU:\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\Wizard"
    ##Enabled
    New-ItemProperty -path $RegKey -name "Downlevel Browse" -value 1 -PropertyType DWord
    ##Disabled
    ##New-ItemProperty -path $RegKey -name "Downlevel Browse" -value 0 -PropertyType DWord
 }
}
else
{
 New-Item -path $RegKey -name Printers
 $RegKey = "HKCU:\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers"
 New-Item -path $RegKey -name Wizard
 $RegKey = "HKCU:\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\Wizard"
  ##Enabled
  New-ItemProperty -path $RegKey -name "Downlevel Browse" -value 1 -PropertyType DWord
  ##Disabled
  ##New-ItemProperty -path $RegKey -name "Downlevel Browse" -value 0 -PropertyType DWord
}

Not Configured

$RegKey = "HKCU:\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT"
Remove-ItemProperty -Path($RegKey + "\Printers\Wizard") -name "Downlevel Browse"
If( (Get-Item -Path($RegKey + "\Printers\Wizard")).ValueCount -eq 0 -and (Get-Item -Path($RegKey + "\Printers\Wizard")).SubKeyCount -eq 0)
{
 Remove-Item -Path($RegKey + "\Printers\Wizard")
 If( (Get-Item -Path($RegKey + "\Printers")).ValueCount -eq 0 -and (Get-Item -Path($RegKey + "\Printers")).SubKeyCount -eq 0)
 {
   Remove-Item -Path($RegKey + "\Printers")
 }   
}
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Result
By Default Ithe network printer browse page is removed from within the Add Printer Wizard, and users
cannot search the network but must type a printer name.
You can allows users to use the Add Printer Wizard to search the network for shared printers using Group
Policy
or modify the specific registry key.  

Note: If you want to allows a specific users to use the Add Printer Wizard to search the network for shared
printers you need to modify or add the
registry key under his SID.