Run As... Option for Adding Printers in Windows XP

While working with Windows XP users, sometimes you need to add a local printer to their PC but they don’t have permissions to add a local printer.  Usually to get around something like this in the control panel, we hold shift and right click the icon to bring up a “Run as..” option where we can use admin credentials to get the task done.  However, you will not be able to “Run as..” for adding a printer in Windows XP unless you modify the folder view. 

From within the printers and faxes window, go to tools, options, and select “Use Windows classic folders.”  You will now see an icon for “Add Printer” that you can shift + right click on to add a printer with admin credentials.

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