Windows 10: Installing multiple logical printers Solved

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  1.    05 May 2016 #1

    Installing multiple logical printers

    In all previous versions of Windows, I had been able to setup multiple logical printers. Each logical printer would have different specifications such as color draft, color photo, B&W draft, B&W Quality, etc. That way I could select a printer based on what I wanted to do, rather than having to change specifications each time I wanted to do something different.
    I would simply add a new printer for each specification I wanted. Windows 10 is not letting me do this. How do I do it?
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  2. Posts : 407
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
       06 May 2016 #2

    Hi and Welcome.

    What happens when you try to add a printer?
    How are you trying to add them?
    I have Windows 10 x64 Pro and can add multiples of the same printer with no issues.
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  3.    06 May 2016 #3

    The first printer disappears and is replaced by the second printer
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    Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
       06 May 2016 #4

    What process do you use to add the printer?

    Is it a network printer?
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  5.    06 May 2016 #5

    I'm using Control Panel/View Devices and Printers/Add a printer or scanner
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    Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
       06 May 2016 #6

    Is it a network printer?
    Do you add it as a local printer?
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    Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
       06 May 2016 #7

    This is my procedure for installing different editions of the same printer:

    I install the first edition of the printer as usual.
    Then I select it and at the top select Print Server Properties
    Under the ports tab, find your printer an make note of the port that it is connected to.

    I install another edition by using the Control Panel/View Devices and Printers/Add a printer,

    Select The printer that I want isn't listed near the bottom

    Select Add a local printer.... (at bottom of list)

    Press next

    Use the pull down menu next to Use an existing port and select the port that the first edition printer uses.

    Press next

    Continue to install the printer as normal, naming it as you will.

    Then go into printer preferences and customize that edition as desired.

    This process can be repeated for other editions of the printer.
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  8.    06 May 2016 #8

    After The computer completes it search for devices unsuccessfully, I select The printer that I want isn't listed.
    I select Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings.
    I use an existing port: USB001(virtual printer for USB)
    I select the appropriate printer driver
    I select use the driver that is currently installed
    I type in a new name for the printer configuration I want such as B&W Draft, B&W Quality, Color Draft, Color Matte, Color Photo.
    After the first printer configuration is established, I repeat the process to establish the second and subsequent printer configurations,
    but after having created the first printer configuration, it disappears and is replaced by the second one I create. Instead of having two separate printer configurations, there is still only one. If I can't create two separate configurations, I obviously will not be able to create five as I have always been able to do before in every Windows OS from 95 to 8.1
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  9. Posts : 407
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
       06 May 2016 #9

    Are you sure it disappears?.
    I my case, using the same procedure as you, the original printer is just hidden. Right click on the printer that remains, Under each of the categories, See whats printing, etc., you should see two or more printers listed. Also each of the printers will appear on the list of printers in all applications.

    I think that this is unique to USB virtual ports, as network printers do not act this way.
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  10.    06 May 2016 #10

    You are absolutely correct Pbcopter. There is only one printer listed, but any other configurations I create show up when I right click it. Furthermore, the other printers do appear on the list of printers in all applications. Windows 8.1 does something similar (showing the additional printers when I right click), but it also shows an icon for all of the printers. Since Windows 10 did not do this, I didn't think the other configurations were being created. Thanks for hanging in there with me on this. You were a great help.
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