Windows 7 / Getting Started

Creating and Using Driver Filters

A new feature of Print Management in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is the ability to create custom driver filters to simplify the task of managing all of your printer drivers on your print servers. To create a custom driver filter, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the Custom Filters node in Print Management and select Add New Driver Filter.
  2. Type a name and description for the new filter. For example, type Legacy Drivers for a filter that displays printer drivers that don't support driver isolation.
  3. Click Next and specify up to six filter criteria for your new filter. For example, to filter for printer drivers that don't support driver isolation, select the Driver Isolation field and the Is Exactly condition, and type None for the value.
  4. Click Next and continue configuring the filter as described in the previous section.

Table blow lists the filter criteria fields, conditions, and possible values that you can specify when you create a custom driver filter.

Driver Name
Driver Version
Driver File Path
Config File Path
Data File Path
Default Datatype
Hardware ID
Help File Path
Language Monitor
Inf Path
Print Processor
Driver Data
Driver Isolation
Server Name
Is exactly, is not exactly, begins with, not begin with, ends with, not end with, contains, not contains(type a value to specify)
PackagedIs exactly, is not exactlyFalse, true
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In this tutorial:

  1. Managing Printing
  2. Enhancements to Printing in Windows 7
  3. Printing Enhancements Previously Introduced in Windows Vista
  4. Additional Printing Enhancements in Windows 7
  5. How Printing Works in Windows 7
  6. Understanding XPS
  7. Understanding the Windows Printing Subsystem
  8. Understanding Printer Driver Isolation
  9. Understanding the Print Management Console
  10. Enhancements to the Print Management Console in Windows 7
  11. The Print Management Console
  12. Adding and Removing Print Servers
  13. Configuring Default Security for Print Servers
  14. Adding Printers Using the Network Printer Installation Wizard
  15. Creating and Using Printer Filters
  16. Creating and Using Driver Filters
  17. Managing Printers Using Print Management
  18. Configuring Properties of Printers
  19. Publishing Printers in AD DS
  20. Managing Printer Drivers
  21. Configuring Printer Driver Isolation Mode
  22. Configuring Printer Driver Isolation Mode Using the Print Management Console
  23. Configuring Printer Driver Isolation Mode Using Group Policy
  24. Troubleshooting Driver Isolation
  25. Exporting and Importing Print Server Configurations
  26. Printer Export Files
  27. Performing Bulk Actions Using Print Management
  28. Client-Side Management of Printers
  29. Installing Printers Using the Add Printers Wizard
  30. Searching for Printers
  31. Installing Printers Using Point and Print
  32. Using Devices And Printers
  33. Using the Color Management CPL
  34. Managing Client-Side Printer Experience Using Group Policy
  35. Configuring the Add Printer Wizard
  36. Disable Client-Side Printer Rendering
  37. Configuring Package Point and Print Restrictions
  38. Extending Point and Print Using Windows Update
  39. Deploying Printers Using Group Policy
  40. Preparing to Deploy Printers
  41. Deploying a Printer Connection
  42. Limitations of Deploying Printers Using Group Policy
  43. Migrating Print Servers
  44. Migrate Print Servers Using Print Management
  45. Migrating Print Servers Using PrintBRM
  46. Monitoring and Troubleshooting Printers
  47. Configuring E-Mail Notifications
  48. Configuring Print Server Notifications
  49. Configuring Script Actions
  50. Configuring Detailed Event Logging