How to Delete All Printers Via GPO

By Daniel Hatter

Group Policy Objects, or GPOs, are frequently used in domains to manage settings on network computers. This is especially the case in business environments where system settings need to be identical across multiple computers. One of the settings categories you can manage with the Group Policy Management Console is network printers. If, for example, you're upgrading the printers at your office, delete all the currently installed printers with a GPO.

Click "Start" on a network computer with administrative access, and then click "All Programs." Open the "Accessories" category," click "Run," type "gpmc.msc" in the box, and then click "OK" to open the Group Policy Management Console.

Right-click "Group Policy Objects" under your domain name and click "New." Type a name for your new GPO in the New GPO dialog box, click "OK," and then double-click the "Printers" folder in the left pane to expand it.

Click the printer at the top of the list of printers to select it, and then press "Ctrl-A" to select all of the printers in the list. Press the "Delete" button on your keyboard. Click "OK" when prompted to confirm the deletion of all the printers.


Information in this article applies to Windows Server 2012 and 2008 R2. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.