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Win32_PrinterDriver Class

A CIM_Service is a Logical Element that contains the information necessary to represent and manage the functionality provided by a Device and/or SoftwareFeature. A Service is a general-purpose object to configure and manage the implementation of functionality. It is not the functionality itself.
Namespace value is root/CIMV2.
WMI Provider value is CIMWin32.


  • Caption
  • The Caption property is a short textual description (one-line string) of the object.

  • ConfigFile
  • The ConfigFile property contains the configuration file for this printer driver, (example: pscrptui.dll).

  • CreationClassName
  • CreationClassName indicates the name of the class or the subclass used in the creation of an instance. When used with the other key properties of this class, this property allows all instances of this class and its subclasses to be uniquely identified.

  • DataFile
  • The DataFile property contains the data file for this printer driver, (example: qms810.ppd).

  • DefaultDataType
  • The DefaultDataType property indicates the default data type for this printer driver, (example: EMF).

  • DependentFiles
  • The DependentFiles property contains a list of dependent files for this printer driver.

  • Description
  • The Description property provides a textual description of the object.

  • DriverPath
  • The DriverPath property contains the path for this printer driver, (example: C:\drivers\pscript.dll).

  • FilePath
  • The FilePath property contains the path to the INF file being used, (Example: c:\temp\driver).

  • HelpFile
  • The HelpFile property contains the help file for this printer driver, (example: pscrptui.hlp).

  • InfName
  • The InfName property contains the name of the INF file being used. The default is 'ntprint.INF'. This will only be different if the drivers are provided directly by the manufacturer of the printer and not the operating system.

  • InstallDate
  • The InstallDate property is datetime value indicating when the object was installed. A lack of a value does not indicate that the object is not installed.

  • MonitorName
  • The MonitorName property contains the name of the of the monitor for this printer driver, (example: PJL monitor).

  • Name
  • The Name property indicates the driver name for this printer. This is a compound key composed of the Name, Version and SupportedPlatform values.

  • OEMUrl
  • The OEMUrl property provides a world wide web link to the printer manufacturer's web site. Note that this property is not populated when the Win32.INF file is used and is only applicable for drivers provided directly from the manufacturer.

  • Started
  • Started is a boolean indicating whether the service has been started (TRUE), or stopped (FALSE).

  • StartMode
  • StartMode is a string value indicating whether the Service is automatically started by a System, Operating System, etc. or only started upon request.

  • Status
  • The Status property is a string indicating the current status of the object. Various operational and non-operational statuses can be defined. Operational statuses are "OK", "Degraded" and "Pred Fail". "Pred Fail" indicates that an element may be functioning properly but predicting a failure in the near future. An example is a SMART-enabled hard drive. Non-operational statuses can also be specified. These are "Error", "Starting", "Stopping" and "Service". The latter, "Service", could apply during mirror-resilvering of a disk, reload of a user permissions list, or other administrative work. Not all such work is on-line, yet the managed element is neither "OK" nor in one of the other states.

  • SupportedPlatform
  • The SupportedPlatform property indicates the operating environments that the driver is intended for. Examples are 'Windows NT x86' or 'Windows IA64'.

  • SystemCreationClassName
  • The scoping System's CreationClassName.

  • SystemName
  • The name of the system that hosts this service

  • Version
  • The Version property indicates the operating system version that the driver is intended for.


  • StartService
  • The StartService method places the Service in the started state. It returns an integer value of 0 if the Service was successfully started, 1 if the request is not supported and any other number to indicate an error. In a subclass, the set of possible return codes could be specified, using a ValueMap qualifier on the method. The strings to which the ValueMap contents are 'translated' may also be specified in the subclass as a Values array qualifier.

  • StopService
  • The StopService method places the service in the stopped state. It returns an integer value of 0 if the service was successfully stopped, 1 if the request is not supported and any other number to indicate an error.

  • AddPrinterDriver
  • The AddPrinterDriver method installs a printer driver. The method can return the following values:
    0 - Success.
    5 - Access denied.
    1797 - The printer driver is unknown.
    Other - For integer values other than those listed above, refer to the documentation on the Win32 error codes.

    Example WQL

    SELECT * FROM Win32_PrinterDriver
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