Hide printer by disabling browse thread

When you share a printer in Windows NT, the spooler creates a thread that
broadcasts a message to all Windows NT print servers. Each print server adds the
new print share name to its local printer browse list. In addition, each print
server rebroadcasts the list of its local printers to all print servers every 10
minutes. A large number of print servers can generate extensive network traffic.
You can disable the browse thread on a print server so it will not notify other
print servers of the existance of your printers. Of course, when you do, it does
not show up to your users in the printer browse list.

Key: System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print
Value: 1

Q181734 – Windows NT Print Browsing Architecture.
Q131902 – Printer Browse Thread May Cause Extensive Network

Printer Tips:

Improve print spooling

RAW data mode
Print to a file
Steps to Manually Remove and
Reinstall a Printer Driver

Add Printer Panel icon to Windows NT Start Menu
Restrict the ability to add
print drivers to Administrators and Print Operators

Hide shared printer
How to Configure Printers on FPNW
to Service Pserver.nlm

Submit print jobs to wait afterhours to print
Print Server Migration Utility

NT Parallel Port
Thread Priority

how long the port thread waits before giving up

Control printer popup messages

Printer Available

How to
install a network printer only once for all users of the NT workstation

HP Web JetAdmin

Allow Print Operators
to add a printer

and Drop Printing

Add a
printer failed with message “Operation could not be completed. The RPC server is

Don’t Get
Notified When Remote Documents Are Printed

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