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Article ID: 947720 - Last Review: March 3, 2008 - Revision: 1.1


When a user tries to connect to a shared printer in Windows Server 2008, the user receives an error message. The two scenarios in which a user experiences this problem are as follows:
  • When the user tries to connect to a shared printer that is hosted on a Linux-based computer, the user receives the following error message:
    Printer Driver setup error. Access is denied.

    Note The masquerading printer connection feature in Windows Server 2008 enables shared printer connections from Windows-based computers to printers that are hosted on Linux-based computers.
  • When the user uses HTTP to try to connect to a printer that is connected to a Windows-based computer, the user receives the following error message:
    Windows cannot connect to the printer. Access is denied.


This issue occurs if the user does not have administrative user rights or elevated user rights. A security change in Windows Server 2008 does not let non-administrative users create local printer connections. In the scenarios that are described in the "Symptoms" section, the printers are represented in Windows as local printers and as network printers.


To resolve this issue, create the printer connection by using elevated user rights or as an administrative user.


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  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
  • Windows Web Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
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