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    I don't think he's trying to set a printer's status because he seems to be wanting to retrieve the status of a specific printer.

    However, I don't understand his question:

    How to I set the status of a Pinter as a variable?

    Are you asking how to make a variable that holds the status of a printer?

    EDIT: Actually, I think you have a printer object stored somewhere and all you're trying to do is update that object with the new status, right? If that's the case...just don't use Win32_Printer. Create your own printer class and update the fields on that.