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Set printer memory

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To set printer memory

To change the amount of printer memory in Windows, your printer must support the ability to change the amount of printer memory. Otherwise, the options described here will not appear in Windows. Also, you must have the Manage Printers permission, which is one of several printer permissions. For more information, click Related Topics.

  1. If you do not know already, find out how much memory is installed in your printer. Many printers - especially laser printers - have a self-test feature that will print a document containing the current memory configuration. For more information on how to determine your printer's memory amount, see your printer's operating manual.

  2. Open Printers and Faxes.

  3. Right-click the icon for the printer you are using, and then click properties.

  4. On the Device Settings tab, under Installable Options, click Printer Memory, and then click the number that matches the amount of memory installed in your printer or plotter.


  • To open Printers and Faxes, click Start, and then click Printers and Faxes.

  • Your printer has memory chips for storing information that is sent to it. When you install a printer, Windows reads the amount of printer memory so the printer and Windows work properly together. When you install additional memory into your printer, you need to change the printer memory setting in Windows so that the two match. If Windows is configured to require more or less memory than actually resides in your printer, Windows might display a message.

Information about functional differences

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