Windows Server - "Printer cannot be removed. Access is denied"

Asked By Alan Truism on 06-Dec-07 02:19 AM
I have a problem with a printer on a Windows 2003 server, running
terminal services.

Whenever anyone tries to print to it, they get an "access denied"

Whenever I log on administratively to the server, and try to view the
properties of that installed printer I get an access denied error. I
can't even delete, rename, or remove the share on that printer. No
matter what I try to do I get that error. Even if I logon to the local
administrator account. I've restarted the print spooler service and
the same thing happens.

The printer is called "Plain".
I created a new installation on the same server, pointing to the same
printer, using the same print drivers and the same TCP-IP printer
port, and called it "Plain-II".

They should be identical in every way but somehow I am locked out of

The printer is an HP LaserJet 2430 tn.

Does anyone have any ideas on how I might delete the old installation
on the server?
I'm guessing something has gotten corrupted, but to be honest I am at
a lost.

I'd like to simply delete "Plain" and rename "Plain-II" but I can't
even do that due to the "access denied" error.

Claus replied on 04-Dec-07 12:19 AM
I thought that I answered this one some hours ago but my post didn't seem to
show up. So here it is again....

I had something like this happen a while ago and the only way I could get
rid of the corrupted printer installation was to go into the registry and
delete all references to the printer. Takes a little while but it does get
rid of it. I never was able to find out what caused this in the first place.

Lanwench [MVP - Exchange] replied on 04-Dec-07 01:20 PM
Hi - you've also got replies to your identical post in (which was also crossposted to a slew of groups).
In the future please pick a small handful of *relevant* groups when you
crosspost & avoid multiposting at all tends to make people
BartVanVug replied on 04-Dec-07 03:20 AM
Remove the printer via the registry. You'll find these in the following reg
key : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers\