XL2002: Can See Other Users' Printers in Terminal Server Session

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When you use Microsoft Excel over a server that is running Terminal Services, you can see other users' local printers in your printer list. If you try to print to another user's printer, you receive an error message, and cannot gain access to the printer.


Excel reads printer information from a part of the registry that lists all printers from all user sessions that currently exist on the server.


A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language. The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date          Time    Version      Size       File name     
   18-DEC-2001   02:19                5,227,992  Excel.msp
   18-DEC-2001   02:40                5,101,568  Excel_Admin.msp
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date          Time    Version      Size       File name     
   12-DEC-2001   07:13   10.0.3604.0  9,169,224  Excel.exe


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


Article ID: 313683 - Last Review: October 25, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Excel 2002 Standard Edition
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