Allow a user account to update a printer driver with Windows 10

1. Introduction

Microsoft’s security update KB5005033 has changed the behavior of Windows 10 for updating printer drivers :

August 10, 2021—KB5005033 (OS Builds 19041.1165, 19042.1165, and 19043.1165) (microsoft.com)

When a driver is updated on a print server, during the update on the client workstation which is done on the first print on the Windows 10 client, a power account is requested.

A registry key allows you to return to “standard” behavior which does not require a power account for updating the drivers.

This registry key can be deployed by GPO.

2. GPO to deploy

The registry key is the following:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\PointAndPrint
RestrictDriverInstallationToAdministrators = 0 (Type REG_DWORD)

To deploy this registry key by GPO, you must use the “Preferences” part:

Add the registry key specified above:

Once the GPO is deployed, updating printer drivers on Windows 10 client workstations no longer requires a power account.