Turns out Windows does this as I move the printer from one USB port to another.
I've yet to find any fix or workaround from Microsoft. Bug? Debateable.
Environment: 3 identical stationary printers and 1 laptop that's will use any 1 of the 3 given printers at different times.
Goal: to allow the laptop to be switched between the 3 printers without windows creating multiple copies of the same model printer
Problem: each time the laptop is hooked up to a new printer, windows creates another copy of the same model printer in the "printers" list.
I realize there is probably a s/n burned into the firmware of the printers that causes windows to see that it is a different printer (regardless if it's the same make and model). Is there a way to make windows think that all these printers are the same exact printer?
Any help, ideas, or guidance would be greatly appreciated.