information   Information
In Windows, you can export (backup) printer queues, printer ports, and printer drivers from a PC to a ".printerExport" file. You can then use this file to import (restore) these printer queues, printer ports, and printer drivers to any PC.

This tutorial will show you how to backup and restore printers in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
Note   Note
If you exported printers from a 32-bit Windows PC, you will only be able to import them to a 32-bit Windows PC.

If you exported printers from a 64-bit Windows PC, you will only be able to import them to a 64-bit Windows PC.

CONTENTS:





Backup and Restore Printers in Windows OPTION ONE Backup and Restore Printers in Windows
To Backup (export) Printers

1. Do step 2 (Printer Migration wizard) or step 3 (Printer Management) for which method you want to use to export printers.


 2. Export Printers on this PC using Printer Migration wizard

A) Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type PrintBrmUi.exe into Run, and click/tap on OK to open the Printer Migration wizard.

B) Select (dot) Export printer queues and printer drivers to a file, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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C) Select (dot) This print server to export printers from this PC, click/tap on Next, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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 3. Export Printers on this PC using Printer Management

A) Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type printmanagement.msc into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Printer Management.

B) In the left pane of Printer Management, expand open Printer Servers, right click or press and hold on the local print server for this PC, click/tap on Export printers to a file, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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4. Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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5. Perform the steps below to select the location where you want to save the exported ".printerExport" file to: (see screenshots below)

A) Click/tap on the Browse button.

B) Navigate to and select a folder where you want to save the file to.

C) Enter a file name you want for the ".printerExport" file.

D) Click/tap on Save.

E) Click/tap on Next.

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6. Click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

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Backup and Restore Printers in Windows OPTION TWO Backup and Restore Printers in Windows
To Restore (import) Printers

1. Do step 2 (.printerExport file), step 3 (Printer Migration wizard), or step 4 (Printer Management) for which method you want to use to import printers that you exported from Option One above.


 2. Import Printers Directly from .printerExport Fle

A) Open Windows Explorer (Windows 7) or File Explorer (Windows 8/10).

B) Navigate to where you saved the exported .printerExport file from Option One above, open it, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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 3. Import Printers using Printer Migration wizard

A) Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type PrintBrmUi.exe into Run, and click/tap on OK to open the Printer Migration wizard.

B) Select (dot) Import printer queues and printer drivers from a file, click/tap on Next, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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 4. Import Printers using Printer Management

A) Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type printmanagement.msc into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Printer Management.

B) In the left pane of Printer Management, expand open Printer Servers, right click or press and hold on the local print server for this PC, click/tap on Import printers from a file, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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5. Perform the steps below to select the exported ".printerExport" file you want to import: (see screenshots below)

A) Click/tap on the Browse button.

B) Navigate to and open the location where you saved the exported .printerExport file from Option One above.

C) Select the ".printerExport" file.

D) Click/tap on Open.

E) Click/tap on Next.

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6. Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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7. Select (dot) This print server to import printers to this PC, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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8. Select if you want to Keep existing printers or Overwrite existing printers for the import mode, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)
Note   Note
Keep existing printers = If the ".printerExport" file contains a printer that is already installed on this PC, the printer will not be restored from the file. The existing printer on this PC will not be changed.

Overwrite existing printers = If the ".printerExport" file contains a printer that is already installed on this PC, the printer will be restored from the file. The existing printer on this PC will overwritten (replaced) by the printer from the file.
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9. Click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn