How to disable or enable application isolation in Windows 8 and in Windows Server 2012

INTRODUCTION

Application isolation is a new printing feature in Windows 8 and in Windows Server 2012. This feature isolates applications from print drivers so that applications do not crash if a print driver crashes. Application isolation makes every application that interacts with a printer driver more stable.

Symptoms

In Windows 8 or in Windows Server 2012, a printer driver that is running in isolation from applications may not have full functionality. For example, watermarks do not print correctly.

Resolution

If your printer driver does not have full functionality, change the following Group Policy setting to disable application isolation:
Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Printers/Isolate print drivers from applications
Notes
  • This Group Policy setting applies only to applications that are opted into application isolation.
  • This Group Policy setting applies only to printer drivers that are loaded by applications. Printer drivers that are loaded by the print spooler are not affected by this setting.
  • After you change the Group Policy setting, you must restart the running application to apply the setting.
To have us disable or enable application isolation for you on Windows 8, go to the "Fix it for me" section. If you prefer to change the setting yourself, or if you are running Windows Server 2012, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.

More Information

Fix it for me

To disable or enable application isolation automatically, click the Fix it button or link. Then, click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.
DisableEnable
Notes
Let me fix it myself

More Information

Not all applications support isolation. By default, Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft Office Word 2007, Microsoft Excel 2010, Microsoft Office Excel 2007, and certain other applications are configured to support application isolation.

For more information about application isolation, go to the following Microsoft MSDN website:
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Id. de artículo: 2732814 - Última revisión: 4 feb. 2013 - Revisión: 1

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