Devices Enable or Disable Windows Protected Print Mode in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Windows protected print mode for all users in Windows 11.

Starting with Windows 11 build 26016 (Canary) and build 26052.1100 (Dev), Microsoft has added Windows Protected Print Mode (WPP).

Windows protected print mode lets your PC exclusively print using the Windows modern print stack which is designed to work with Mopria certified printers only. With Mopria certified printers, users no longer must depend on third-party software installers as well as get additional security benefits. Print devices will “just work” resulting in a safe and streamlined installation and printing process.

By default, Windows protected print is not enabled and there are not any restrictions on the print drivers that can be installed or print functionality.

If you enable this setting, the computer will operate in Windows protected print mode which only allows printing to Mopria certified printers that support a subset of inbox Windows print drivers.

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You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable Windows protected print mode.



Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Windows Protected Print Mode in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Windows Protected Print Mode using REG file




Option One

Enable or Disable Windows Protected Print Mode in Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two to configure the same policy.


1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

2 Navigate to the location below in the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Printers

Windows_Protected_Print_Mode_gpedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of Printers, double click/tap on the Configure Windows protected print policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you want.

5 Enable Windows Protected Print Mode

A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7.​

Windows_Protected_Print_Mode_gpedit-3.png

6 Disable Windows Protected Print Mode

This is the default setting.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7.​

Windows_Protected_Print_Mode_gpedit-2.png

7 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.




Option Two

Enable or Disable Windows Protected Print Mode using REG file


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you want.

2 Enable Windows Protected Print Mode

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_Windows_Protected_Print_Mode.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\WPP]
"EnabledBy"=dword:00000002
"WindowsProtectedPrintGroupPolicyState"=dword:00000001
"WindowsProtectedPrintMode"=dword:00000001
"WindowsProtectedPrintOobeConfigComplete"=dword:00000001

3 Disable Windows Protected Print Mode

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_Windows_Protected_Print_Mode.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\WPP]
"EnabledBy"=-
"WindowsProtectedPrintGroupPolicyState"=-
"WindowsProtectedPrintMode"=dword:00000000
"WindowsProtectedPrintOobeConfigComplete"=-

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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