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Get-PrinterDriver

Brian Lich|Last Updated: 3/31/2017

SYNOPSIS

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

SYNTAX

Get-PrinterDriver [[-Name] <String[]>] [-PrinterEnvironment <String[]>] [-ComputerName <String>]
 [-CimSession <CimSession[]>] [-ThrottleLimit <Int32>] [-AsJob] [<CommonParameters>]

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 specify 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 credentials to run Get-PrinterDriver.

EXAMPLES

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

PS C:\>Get-PrinterDriver -Name *

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

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

PS C:\>Get-PrinterDriver -Name * -ComputerName "PrintServer"

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

Example 3: Get detailed information about each driver

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

This command displays the detailed information for each printer driver. Get-PrinterDriver displays a summarized view of each printer driver queried.

Example 4: Get a printer driver object

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

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

PARAMETERS

-AsJob

Runs the cmdlet as a background job. Use this parameter to run commands that take a long time to complete.

Type: SwitchParameter
Parameter Sets: (All)
Aliases: 

Required: False
Position: Named
Default value: None
Accept pipeline input: False
Accept wildcard characters: False

-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.

Type: CimSession[]
Parameter Sets: (All)
Aliases: Session

Required: False
Position: Named
Default value: None
Accept pipeline input: False
Accept wildcard characters: False

-ComputerName

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

Type: String
Parameter Sets: (All)
Aliases: CN

Required: False
Position: Named
Default value: None
Accept pipeline input: False
Accept wildcard characters: False

-Name

Specifies the name of the printer driver to retrieve.

Type: String[]
Parameter Sets: (All)
Aliases: 

Required: False
Position: 0
Default value: None
Accept pipeline input: True (ByPropertyName)
Accept wildcard characters: False

-PrinterEnvironment

Specifies the printer driver environment.

Type: String[]
Parameter Sets: (All)
Aliases: 

Required: False
Position: Named
Default value: None
Accept pipeline input: False
Accept wildcard characters: False

-ThrottleLimit

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.

Type: Int32
Parameter Sets: (All)
Aliases: 

Required: False
Position: Named
Default value: None
Accept pipeline input: False
Accept wildcard characters: False

CommonParameters

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

INPUTS

None

This cmdlet accepts no input objects.

OUTPUTS

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

This cmdlet returns one or more printer driver objects.

NOTES

Add-PrinterDriver

Remove-PrinterDriver

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