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Specify the Printer Browser Timeout (Windows NT/2000/XP)

This setting is used to specify the time a network printer should remain in the browse list before it is removed.

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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called "NetPrinterDecayPeriod" and set it according to the value data below.

Exit your registry; you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|NetPrinterDecayPeriodREG_DWORD0x00036EE80 (3600000)|
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|HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print|
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Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print]
Value Name: NetPrinterDecayPeriod
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: 0 to 4294967295 milliseconds (Default is 3,600,000)

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Last modified: March 26, 2002