Custom print size needs Administrator privileges

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    BrunoBL

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    Hi Guys,

    New user here. I did search this but couldn't find an answer.

    I'm trying to configure a specific print size for a printer in WinXP. When trying to create a custom size in the printer's preferences dialog, I can click on "custom" and set the size I want, but the OK button will return the message, "This action requires administrative privileges". I am logged on as the sole user on this computer and the user does have administrative privileges.

    I searched Google for a similar problem and one proposed solution was this:

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     Edit the registry and follow the steps below:
    1.      If it does not exist, create the key
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Forms]
    2.      Grant users full access to that key.
    3.      Create the following value:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print]
    "AllowUserManageForms"=dword:00000040
    4.      Grant users full access to the key:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Print\Printers]
    5.     Reboot the system.
    This didn't work.
    Has anyone here run into a similar problem and/or could offer other ideas?

    TIA.
     
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    BrunoBL, Apr 6, 2015
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    Elizabeth23

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    First: undo the changes you made in the registry, so any future changes do not conflict:

    https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/cfrsweb/instructions/adminprivs.htm

    next: read above and follow instructions , substitute the name of your printer instead of the CFSR program listed, what you want to do is follow the instructions to set permissions for the program.

    you might want to do this in safe mode with networking, and logged in as The Administrator, and not as a user with admin priveledges. There is a difference, full control versus semi-full control.

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    before changes download ERUNT and save registry in case you need to back up.

    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/erunt/

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    when downloading make sure to read each page before clicking next to avoid unwanted additional software.

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    Lastly , this might be a setting in the printer itself, what is the make, model and model number of the printer , I will search on the specific printer itself if all above does not work.
     
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    BrunoBL

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    Hi Elizabeth,

    Thanks very much for replying and giving so many ideas. First thing, I undone the changes to the registry. With that out of the way, it occurred to try something simpler before delving into the registry again: I created another user with administrator rights. Bingo. Full access to the printer's settings.

    This strikes me as very odd because the original user was the sole user in this machine and had administrator privileges. Anyway the problem was solved and your reply was very helpful - it got me in the right direction with the privileges issue.

    Thanks again,
    Bruno
     
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    the original user account was just corrupted, transfer all your data to your new account and just delete the old account,

    Glad you got it resolved :)
     
    Elizabeth23, Apr 7, 2015
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