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Description:  

Specifies the Active Directory location where searches for printers begin.

The Add Printer Wizard gives users the option of searching Active Directory for a shared printer. If you enable
this setting, these searches begin at the location you specify in the "Default Active Directory path" box.
Otherwise, searches begin at the root of Active Directory.

This setting only provides a starting point for Active Directory searches for printers. It does not restrict user
searches through Active Directory.

Supported on: At least Windows 2000.
Default Active Directory path when
searching for 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 Default Active Directory path when searching for 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. The GPO Default state is Not
Configured -> this registry entry is not present. For Disable this registry entry is not present.

Please navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\Wizard
and locate Default Search Scope 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 Default Search Scope and edit the value:

To Enable:
Change the data value with:
Default Search Scope = LDAP://DC=Domain1,DC=MyCompany,DC=com.

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 "Default Search Scope" /t REG_SZ /d LDAP://DC=Domain1,DC=MyCompany,DC=com. /f

Not Configured:
REG DELETE "HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\Wizard" /v "Default Search Scope" /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 = "Default Search Scope"
'Enabled
strValue = "LDAP://DC=Domain1,DC=MyCompany,DC=com."
oReg.SetStringValue HKEY_CURRENT_USER,strKeyPath,strValueName,strValue
'Not Configured
'oReg.DeleteValue HKEY_CURRENT_USER,strKeyPath,strValueName
PowerShell Script :          

Enabled

$RegKey = "HKCU:\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT"
If(Test-Path ($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 Default Search Scope -value LDAP://DC=Domain1,DC=MyCompany,DC=com. -PropertyType String -Force
 }
 else
 {
   New-Item -path $RegKey -name Wizard
   $RegKey = "HKCU:\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\Wizard"
    ##Enabled
    New-ItemProperty -path $RegKey -name Default Search Scope -value LDAP://DC=Domain1,DC=MyCompany,DC=com. -PropertyType String
 }
}
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 Default Search Scope -value LDAP://DC=Domain1,DC=MyCompany,DC=com. -PropertyType String
}

Not Configured\Disabled

$RegKey = "HKCU:\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT"
Remove-ItemProperty -Path($RegKey + "\Printers\Wizard") -name Default Search Scope
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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