Adding a printer on a Windows 10 IoT / Windows Embedded Thin Client

Symptom

A local printer configured on a thin client with Windows 10 IoT / Windows Embedded Standard disappears after a reboot.

Problem

How can you add a printer permanently?

Solution
  1. For Windows 10 IoT: Disable the Unified Write Filter (UWF) under System > Unified Write Filter in IGEL Setup. For Windows Embedded Standard 7: Disable the File Based Write Filter (FBWF) under System > File Based Write Filter in IGEL Setup.
  2. Reboot the thin client.
  3. Add the printer via Settings > Devices > Printers & Scanners (Windows 10 IoT) resp. Windows Control Panel > Devices and Printers (Windows Embedded Standard).
  4. Enable the Unified Write Filter (Windows 10 IoT) resp. the File Based Write Filter (Windows Embedded Standard 7).
  5. Reboot the thin client.

Do not forget to enable the UWF resp. FBWF again after adding the printer. Running a thin client with permanently disabled write filter is not supported.

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