NOTE: Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 print drivers are Kernel mode drivers.
Method 1If you are installing a Windows NT 4.0 print driver, contact your network administrator to have the policy removed.
Method 2If you want to install a non-Kernel mode driver locally for a remote network printer:
- In Control Panel, double-click Printers and Faxes.
- Double-click Add Printer to start the Add Printer Wizard, and then click Next.
- Click Local printer, click to clear the Automatically detect and install check box, and then click Next.
- Click Create a new port, and then under Port type, click Local Port.
- For Port Name, type the path to the printer in the form of \\server\printer, where
server is the name of the print server and
printer is the name of the printer.
- Click Next, and then choose a Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 driver for your printer.
- Click Next, and then follow the instructions to finish the wizard.
Kernel mode drivers are monolithic drivers that hook into the operating system at the kernel level. Windows Server 2003 and later versions include a policy that blocks Kernel mode print drivers because Kernel mode print drivers can cause the computer to display blue screen errors.
Article ID: 282011 - Last Review: Jan 7, 2008 - Revision: 1