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Win32_PrinterDriver class

The Win32_PrinterDriver WMI class represents the drivers for a Win32_Printer instance.

The following syntax is simplified from Managed Object Format (MOF) code and includes all of the inherited properties, but excludes methods. For reference information about methods, see the table of methods in this topic.

Syntax

class Win32_PrinterDriver : CIM_Service
{
  string   Caption;
  string   ConfigFile;
  string   CreationClassName;
  string   DataFile;
  string   DefaultDataType;
  string   DependentFiles[];
  string   Description;
  string   DriverPath;
  string   FilePath;
  string   HelpFile;
  string   InfName;
  datetime InstallDate;
  string   MonitorName;
  string   Name;
  string   OEMUrl;
  boolean  Started;
  string   StartMode;
  string   Status;
  string   SupportedPlatform;
  string   SystemCreationClassName;
  string   SystemName;
  uint16   Version;
};

Members

The Win32_PrinterDriver class has these types of members:

Methods

The Win32_PrinterDriver class has these methods.

MethodDescription
AddPrinterDriver

Creates a new printer driver.

StartService

Starts print service.

StopService

Stops print service.

 

Properties

The Win32_PrinterDriver class has these properties.

Caption
Data type: string
Access type: Read-only
Qualifiers: MaxLen (64)

Short description of the object—a one-line string. This property is inherited from CIM_ManagedSystemElement.

ConfigFile
Data type: string
Access type: Read-only

Configuration file for this printer driver.

Example: "pscrptui.dll"

CreationClassName
Data type: string
Access type: Read-only

Name of the class or the subclass used in the creation of an instance. When used with the other key properties of this class, this property allows all instances of this class and its subclasses to be uniquely identified. This property is inherited from CIM_Service.

DataFile
Data type: string
Access type: Read-only
Qualifiers: ModelCorrespondence (CIM_DataFile.FileName)

Data file for this printer driver.

Example: "qms810.ppd"

DefaultDataType
Data type: string
Access type: Read-only

Default data type for this printer driver.

Example: "EMF"

DependentFiles
Data type: string array
Access type: Read-only

Array of dependent files for this printer driver.

Description
Data type: string
Access type: Read/write

Comment that describes the link. This property is inherited from CIM_ManagedSystemElement.

DriverPath
Data type: string
Access type: Read-only
Qualifiers: ModelCorrespondence (CIM_DataFile.Path)

Path for this printer driver.

Example: "C:\\drivers\\pscript.dll"

FilePath
Data type: string
Access type: Read/write

Path to the INF file being used.

Example: "c:\\temp\\driver"

HelpFile
Data type: string
Access type: Read-only

Help file for this printer driver.

Example: "pscrptui.hlp"

InfName
Data type: string
Access type: Read/write

Name of the INF file being used. The default is to use an operating system provided printer INF file. A different file name is used if the driver is provided directly by the manufacturer of the printer and not the operating system.

Windows Server 2003:  The default name is "ntprint.inf".

InstallDate
Data type: datetime
Access type: Read-only

Date and time the object is installed. This property does not require a value to indicate that the object is installed. This property is inherited from CIM_ManagedSystemElement.

MonitorName
Data type: string
Access type: Read-only

Name of the monitor for this printer driver.

Example: "PJL monitor"

Name
Data type: string
Access type: Read-only
Qualifiers: Key

Driver name for this printer. This is a compound key composed of the Name, Version, and SupportedPlatform values. This property is inherited from CIM_ManagedSystemElement and overrides the Name definition in that class.

OEMUrl
Data type: string
Access type: Read-only

World Wide Web (WWW) link to the printer manufacturer's website. Note that this property is not populated when the Win32.inf file is used, and is only applicable for drivers provided directly from the manufacturer.

Started
Data type: boolean
Access type: Read-only
Qualifiers: Key

If TRUE, the service is started. If FALSE, the service is stopped. This property is inherited from CIM_Service.

StartMode
Data type: string
Access type: Read-only
Qualifiers: Key

Start mode of the service is automatically started by an operating system, or only started when requested. This property is inherited from CIM_Service.

The following are possible values:

"Automatic"
"Manual"
Status
Data type: string
Access type: Read-only
Qualifiers: MaxLen (10)

Current status of the object. Various operational and nonoperational statuses can be defined. Operational statuses include: "OK", "Degraded", and "Pred Fail" (an element, such as a SMART-enabled hard disk drive, may be functioning properly but predicting a failure in the near future). Nonoperational statuses include: "Error", "Starting", "Stopping", and "Service". The latter, "Service", can apply during mirror-resilvering of a disk, reload of a user permissions list, or other administrative work. Not all such work is online, yet the managed element is neither "OK" nor in one of the other states. This property is inherited from CIM_ManagedSystemElement.

The values are:

"OK"
"Error"
"Degraded"
"Unknown"
"Pred Fail"
"Starting"
"Stopping"
"Service"
"Stressed"
"NonRecover"
"No Contact"
"Lost Comm"
SupportedPlatform
Data type: string
Access type: Read/write

Operating environments that the driver is intended for.

Example: "Windows NT x86".

SystemCreationClassName
Data type: string
Access type: Read-only
Qualifiers: Propagated (CIM_System.CreationClassName)

Scoping system's creation class name. This property is inherited from CIM_Service.

SystemName
Data type: string
Access type: Read-only
Qualifiers: Propagated (CIM_System.Name)

Name of the system that hosts this service. This property is inherited from CIM_Service.

Version
Data type: uint16
Access type: Read/write

Operating system version for the printer driver.

ValueMeaning
3

Win2k

 

Remarks

The Win32_PrinterDriver class is derived from CIM_Service which derives from CIM_LogicalElement.

Users can uninstall a printer driver by deleting a corresponding instance of this class. To do so, the calling process must have the SeLoadDriverPrivilege privilege set to delete an instance of this class.

Examples

The Manage Printer and Printer Drivers VBScript sample manages printer drivers and printer ports.

The following discussion on the TechNet forums describes how to create a printer and upload drivers from a server.

The following VBScript sample lists all the printer drivers that have been installed on a computer.


strComputer = "." 
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _ 
    & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2") 
Set colInstalledPrinters =  objWMIService.ExecQuery _ 
    ("Select * from Win32_PrinterDriver") 
 
For each objPrinter in colInstalledPrinters 
    Wscript.Echo "Configuration File: " & objPrinter.ConfigFile 
    Wscript.Echo "Data File: " & objPrinter.DataFile 
    Wscript.Echo "Description: " & objPrinter.Description 
    Wscript.Echo "Driver Path: " & objPrinter.DriverPath 
    Wscript.Echo "File Path: " & objPrinter.FilePath 
    Wscript.Echo "Help File: " & objPrinter.HelpFile 
    Wscript.Echo "INF Name: " & objPrinter.InfName 
    Wscript.Echo "Monitor Name: " & objPrinter.MonitorName 
    Wscript.Echo "Name: " & objPrinter.Name 
    Wscript.Echo "OEM Url: " & objPrinter.OEMUrl 
    Wscript.Echo "Supported Platform: " & objPrinter.SupportedPlatform 
    Wscript.Echo "Version: " & objPrinter.Version 
Next 

Requirements

Minimum supported client

Windows Vista

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2003

Namespace

\root\CIMV2

MOF

CIMWin32.mof

DLL

CIMWin32.dll

See also

Computer System Hardware Classes

 

 

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