Devices and Printers not populating in Windows 7

I discovered something interesting today…which I’m sure most of you figured out by now, but it’s new news to me. My laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate was taking forever to load the printers and devices screen, and eventually after what seemed like 30+ minutes, it would show nothing, but Windows 7 wouldn’t throw an error or message. It was in fact proud to display nothing, even though I know damn well there are printers loaded! What was the cause of this? If you can believe it, the Bluetooth Support Service. I’m a fairly logical person, and for some reason a bluetooth support service managing printers is a little unusual, but who am I to judge? I had the service manually disabled as part of my service trimming following a clean install. Right click, choose properties and enable the service, then start it and reload your Devices and Printers screen to see and control your printers. Unfortunately, this is one service that has to stay enabled and running in order to manage your printers. Hope this helps someone.

Eric

Eric Oszakiewski is a professional software developer based in Scottsdale, AZ with over 35 years of IT experience, and 19 years Native American Gaming experience. He is currently working as a Sr .Net/SharePoint Developer for General Motors, and also as a consultant.

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Enabling ADUC on Windows 7

I’m unable to locate a working plug-in/snap-in for Active Directory Users and Computers that works on Windows 7. Fortunately, there’s a workaround that allows administration of ADUC in Windows 7 with a little modification.

First, you’ll need to download and install RSAT for Windows 7. It’s found here. You’ll need this before you can do anything else. Once this is installed, on your Windows 7 box, open Programs and Features and click the Turn Windows Features On or Off option. In the Windows Features box, locate Remote Server Administration Tools and expand the item. Expand Role Administration Tools, then expand the AD DS and AD LDS Tools item, then the AD DS Tools item. Check the box for AD DS Snap-ins and Command-line Tools. Click Ok and those features will be enabled.

The ADUC shortcut will be placed in your Administrative Tools under Control Panel just like it used to be.

Also note, this is for the 32 bit versions only. This hasn’t been tested on 64 bit, and others have complained that they couldn’t get this working on 64 bit.

If anyone else has a better method of administering ADUC on Windows 7 Pro please feel free to post a comment. Until then, hope this helps someone!

Eric

Eric Oszakiewski is a professional software developer based in Scottsdale, AZ with over 35 years of IT experience, and 19 years Native American Gaming experience. He is currently working as a Sr .Net/SharePoint Developer for General Motors, and also as a consultant.

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