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There is no way in the Windows interface to hide Devices within the Devices and Printers GUI.
You can hide Devices and Printers from Control Panel using the supported GPO and then create a folder to view Printers only.
1. Edit a GPO.
2. Navigate to User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Control Panel.
3. Double-click Hide specified control panel items in the right pane, select Enable, click Show button, and type Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters.
Once this policy is in place, go to Regedit and create this following Entry:
This will create a folder on the Desktop as Printers which when opened gives only the Printer listing.
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Article ID: 2018577 - Last Review: April 13, 2010 - Revision: 5.0