Code 80070709 – The Printer name is invalid

Troubleshooting Code 80070709 – The Printer name is invalid

Introduction to Error Code 80070709

This error code, 80070709 usually occurs when you try to map a printer.  There maybe a mistake in the WSH object, for example the wrong printer name.

The Symptoms You Get

The script does not execute as you hoped, instead you get a WSH error message.  The probable scenario is that you are trying to create a Windows logon script.

The Cause of Code 80070709

This is an easy error code to track down.  The Printer name in your script does not exist.  Check your spelling.  See Error: The printer name is invalid.  Look for clues particularly the Line: number (14) Char 1: often lies! it just means that the whole line will not execute.


Check in the script for the name you have used for the Printer.  Does the printer in the script exist?  To check open a CMD shell and type net view.  Either create a printer with the name in the script, or better, modify your script to reflect the real name of the printer.


Example 1 of Script

To be frank, the examples aren’t particularly useful because the error is specific to the name of your server or printer share.  Incidentally, after all these years I am still suspicious of share names with spaces.


‘ PrintersClient – Windows Logon Script.
‘ VBScript – Connect a network printer with AddWindowsPrinterConnection
‘ Version 2.2 – July 2010
‘ —————————————————————–‘
Option Explicit
Dim objNetwork, strUNCPrinter1, strUNCPrinter2
Dim strUNCPrinter3, strUNCPrinter4
strUNCPrinter1 = "\\MEDIA-2\HP DeskJet 670C"
strUNCPrinter2 = "\\MEDIA-1\Clio"
strUNCPrinter3 = "\\MEDIACENTER\HP LaserJet 4200 PCL 6"
strUNCPrinter4 = "\\\\MEDIACENTER\HP LaserJet 4240 PCL 6"

Set objNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection strUNCPrinter1
objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection strUNCPrinter2
objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection strUNCPrinter3
objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection strUNCPrinter4


‘ End of Guy’s Windows printer script.



Example 2 of Script

Note Line 4: The error – \\lucy4\dottey.  What this means is that lucy4 is the correct server,  but the printer dottey does not exist.



‘ VBScript.
Dim net
Set net = Createobject("WScript.Network")
net.AddWindowsPrinterConnection "\\lucy4\dottey", "Dot Matix"

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