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Get-PrinterDriver

Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1

Updated: June 4, 2014

Applies To: Windows 8.1, Windows PowerShell 4.0, Windows Server 2012 R2

Get-PrinterDriver

Retrieves the list of printer drivers installed on the specified computer.

Syntax

Parameter Set: Query (cdxml)
Get-PrinterDriver [[-Name] <String[]> ] [-AsJob] [-CimSession <CimSession[]> ] [-ComputerName <String> ] [-PrinterEnvironment <String[]> ] [-ThrottleLimit <Int32> ] [ <CommonParameters>]




Detailed Description

The Get-PrinterDriver cmdlet retrieves the list of printer drivers installed on the specified computer.

The Get-PrinterDriver cmdlet returns a printer driver object that you can store in a variable to use with other cmdlets. You can use the ComputerName parameter to list the printer drivers installed on another computer.

You can use wildcard characters with Get-PrinterDriver. You can use Get-PrinterDriver in a Windows PowerShell remoting session.

You do not need administrator privileges to use Get-PrinterDriver.

Parameters

-AsJob

Runs the cmdlet as a background job. Use this parameter to run commands that take a long time to complete. The cmdlet immediately returns an object that represents the job and then displays the command prompt. You can continue to work in the session while the job completes. To manage the job, use the *-Job cmdlets. To get the job results, use the Receive-Job cmdlet. For more information about Windows PowerShell® background jobs, see about_Jobs.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-CimSession<CimSession[]>

Runs the cmdlet in a remote session or on a remote computer. Enter a computer name or a session object, such as the output of a New-CimSession or Get-CimSession cmdlet. The default is the current session on the local computer.


Aliases

Session

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-ComputerName<String>

Specifies the name of the computer from which to retrieve the printer drivers.


Aliases

CN

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Name<String[]>

Specifies the name of the printer driver to retrieve.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

1

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

True (ByPropertyName)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-PrinterEnvironment<String[]>

Specifies the printer driver environment.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-ThrottleLimit<Int32>

Specifies the maximum number of concurrent operations that can be established to run the cmdlet. If this parameter is omitted or a value of 0 is entered, then Windows PowerShell® calculates an optimum throttle limit for the cmdlet based on the number of CIM cmdlets that are running on the computer. The throttle limit applies only to the current cmdlet, not to the session or to the computer.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

<CommonParameters>

This cmdlet supports the common parameters: -Verbose, -Debug, -ErrorAction, -ErrorVariable, -OutBuffer, and -OutVariable. For more information, see    about_CommonParameters.

Inputs

The input type is the type of the objects that you can pipe to the cmdlet.

  • None

    This cmdlet accepts no input objects.


Outputs

The output type is the type of the objects that the cmdlet emits.

  • Microsoft.Management.Infrastructure.CimInstance#ROOT/StandardCimv2/MSFT_PrinterDriver

    This cmdlet returns one or more printer driver objects.


Examples

Example 1: Get a list of printer drivers using wildcard characters

This command returns a list of printer drivers installed on the local computer using wildcard characters.


PS C:\> Get-PrinterDriver *

Example 2: Get a list of printer drivers on a remote computer

This command retrieves a list of printer drivers from the computer named printServer.


PS C:\> Get-PrinterDriver * -ComputerName printServer

Example 3: Get detailed information of each driver

Get-PrinterDriver displays a summarized view of each printer driver queried.

The following command displays the detailed information for each printer driver.


PS C:\> Get-PrinterDriver –Name "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" | Format-List

Example 4: Get a printer driver object

This command retrieves a printer driver object that you can use with other cmdlets. The printer driver object is stored in the $PrinterDriver variable.


PS C:\> $PrinterDriver = Get-PrinterDriver –Name "Microsoft XPS Document Writer v4"

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