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Description:  

Prevents users from using familiar methods to add local and network printers.

This setting removes the Add Printer option from the Start menu. (To find the Add Printer option, click Start,
click Printers, and then click Add Printer.) This setting also removes Add Printer from the Printers folder in
Control Panel.

Also, users cannot add printers by dragging a printer icon into the Printers folder. If they try, a message
appears explaining that the setting prevents the action.

However, this setting does not prevent users from using the Add Hardware Wizard to add a printer. Nor does
it prevent users from running other programs to add printers.

This setting does not delete printers that users have already added. However, if users have not added a
printer when this setting is applied, they cannot print.

Note: You can use printer permissions to restrict the use of printers without specifying a setting. In the
Printers folder, right-click a printer, click Properties, and then click the Security tab.

If this policy is disabled, or not configured, users can add printers using the methods described above.

Supported on: At least Windows 2000.
Prevent addition of 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 Prevent addition of 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\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
\Explorer
and locate NoAddPrinter 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 NoAddPrinter and edit the value:

To Enable:
Change the data value with:
NoAddPrinter = 1

To Disable:
Change the data value with:
NoAddPrinter = 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\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer" /v NoAddPrinter /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Disabled:
REG add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer" /v NoAddPrinter /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
Not Configured:
REG DELETE "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer" /v NoAddPrinter /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\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer"
oReg.CreateKey HKEY_CURRENT_USER,strKeyPath
strValueName = "NoAddPrinter"
'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

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

Not Configured

$RegKey = "HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies"
Remove-ItemProperty -Path($RegKey + "\Explorer") -name NoAddPrinter
If( (Get-Item -Path($RegKey + "\Explorer")).ValueCount -eq 0 -and (Get-Item -Path($RegKey + "\Explorer")).SubKeyCount -eq 0)
{
 Remove-Item -Path($RegKey + "\Explorer")   
}
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Result
By Default you have access to "Add a printer" under Start -> Control Panel -> Devices and Printers.
You can prevent users from using "Add a printer" using Group Policy or modify the specific registry key.  

Note: If you want to prevent a specific user from using "Add a printer" you need to modify or add the
registry key under his SID.