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Windows tries to create HTTP printer connections instead of Point and Print printer connections when scripting unsafe ActiveX controls is enabled in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

Symptoms
Consider the following scenario:
  • You add a printer to a print server, and then you share the printer.
  • You enable the Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe for scripting option on a client computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • You browse to the shared printer by using Internet Explorer on the client computer. For example, you type the following path in the address bar: http://printservername/printername.
  • You try to connect to the shared print queue.
In this scenario, an Add Web Printer Connection dialog box that uses the HTTP printer path appears. This behavior indicates that Windows tries to create an HTTP printer connection instead of a Point and Print printer connection.
Resolution
To resolve this issue, install this hotfix on the client computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Hotfix information

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 the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

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, contact 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 Website: 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.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must be running one of the following operating systems:
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
For more information about how to obtain a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
976932 Information about Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Registry information

To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 file information notes
Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
  • The files that apply to a specific product, SR_Level (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table.
    VersionProductSR_LevelService branch
    6.1.760 0. 21xxxWindows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2RTMLDR
    6.1.760 1. 21xxxWindows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2SP1LDR
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 R2 and for Windows 7" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTime
Oleprn.dll6.1.7600.21087107,52008-Nov-201105:31
Oleprn.dll6.1.7601.21857107,52008-Nov-201105:22
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTime
Oleprn.dll6.1.7600.21087129,53608-Nov-201106:24
Oleprn.dll6.1.7601.21857129,53608-Nov-201106:27
For all supported IA-64–based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTime
Oleprn.dll6.1.7600.21087303,10408-Nov-201105:20
Oleprn.dll6.1.7601.21857303,10408-Nov-201105:20
Workaround
To work around this issue, disable the Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe for scripting option on the client computer.
Status
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
More information
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
File nameX86_104f9262505b7b7bec20120001216ae1_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21857_none_a8007b137489e43d.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size703
Date (UTC)09-Nov-2011
Time (UTC)13:37
File nameX86_a3876fa87a27f054e4c597ac77f0431b_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21087_none_744574c4570a910e.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size703
Date (UTC)09-Nov-2011
Time (UTC)13:37
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-printing-oleprn_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21087_none_7b88b17cd9b22c54.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size32,333
Date (UTC)08-Nov-2011
Time (UTC)06:23
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-printing-oleprn_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21857_none_7d8fa80ad6c00e52.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size32,333
Date (UTC)08-Nov-2011
Time (UTC)06:10
Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2
File nameAmd64_18a705a512b1be29347007e4ae71d28a_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21087_none_08d56da5d803b412.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size1,054
Date (UTC)09-Nov-2011
Time (UTC)13:38
File nameAmd64_51826e43fc65ff5a4a5431dadcfb3344_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21857_none_1a5ece434221baa1.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size1,054
Date (UTC)09-Nov-2011
Time (UTC)13:38
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-printing-oleprn_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21087_none_d7a74d00920f9d8a.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size32,337
Date (UTC)08-Nov-2011
Time (UTC)07:17
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-printing-oleprn_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21857_none_d9ae438e8f1d7f88.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size32,337
Date (UTC)08-Nov-2011
Time (UTC)07:16
Additional files for all supported IA-64–based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2
File nameIa64_6716e521f4813a24833ec6ec4369657a_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21857_none_06b653f5ef5d8bb8.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size1,052
Date (UTC)09-Nov-2011
Time (UTC)13:37
File nameIa64_9f9f4488623f075d1b8778d89ad75f8a_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21087_none_65a481204a3915e6.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size1,052
Date (UTC)09-Nov-2011
Time (UTC)13:37
File nameIa64_microsoft-windows-printing-oleprn_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21087_none_7b8a5572d9b03550.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size32,335
Date (UTC)08-Nov-2011
Time (UTC)06:53
File nameIa64_microsoft-windows-printing-oleprn_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21857_none_7d914c00d6be174e.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size32,335
Date (UTC)08-Nov-2011
Time (UTC)06:45
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Article ID: 2636963 - Last Review: 01/04/2013 01:55:00 - Revision: 2.0

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