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Additional Printer Drivers for XP 64Bit

Hi,

I upgraded my machine to XP64bit, just as a test to see if there would be any problems, guess what there was. Our current set of printer drivers are obviously all 32bit, which is fine; but i need to get the 64bit version onto windows 2000 server. I'm not sure that this is even possible. I have tried installing the printer onto my LPT1 port and then going to the shared printers folder on the win2k server and adding the drivers, but i don't get the option for x64 only x86 and itanuim.

So is it possible to put these 64bit drivers onto a 32bit server so that 64bit clients can download the drivers? Or does it have to be a 64bit server, in which case can I put the 32bit drivers on that machine?

I am assuming that it isn't possible, but i thought that I'd ask the question. Just means that everything is going to have to be 64bit in one big rollout, which will be nice :)

thanks for the help.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi mtw79_matt2,

you can have the 64bit install file sitting on the server that your 64 bit clients can install is thats what you mean?
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mtw79_matt2Author Commented:
Thanks Jay_Jay70 for the reply,

Yes that's what I mean, just can't seem to get it working so I assumed that it was due to it being 64bit.

Has anyone had a similar problem?
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
you would have to copy the install files locally before you could run them
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mtw79_matt2Author Commented:
then point windows to that location. I'll give it another go and see where i get.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
indeed see how you go
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mtw79_matt2Author Commented:
I still don't get any 64bit option when i try to add the addtional drivers onto the windows 2000 server.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
oh hang on a sec, i just re read through this post,   you are trying to install the 64 bit drivers on the server which is 32 bit so that the 64 bit client can print to it yes

if so then no, this wont work and im sorry for not clarifying earlier
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mtw79_matt2Author Commented:
Yeah i'm trying to use the point and click, so that 64bit clients can just double click on a printer and get the drivers from a server.

so basically if we want to move over to 64bit then the print server will need to be 64bit to handle the 64bit drivers. This will not allow us to have any 32bit clients that want to use the printers though. I take it that's correct?

The only way around this is to actually install the printer like a local and connect it using the TCP/IP port, which does work as that's how i've been using it.

sorry for being a little confusing.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
no no its allright man i should have read that closer

there are some parts of 64 bit that are 32bit compatible but as yet i have seen none with the reverse, you can always ring the manufacturer and see what their stance is on 64bit and their plans, otherwise stick with the way you are doing it at the moment, you should have to be stuck in a scenario where everything has to be 64 bit in one shot! too much to ask i think :)
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mtw79_matt2Author Commented:
Yeah, that's what i thought. Just seems abit strange that you would have to do that. Anyway, i'll have a play around, we have virtual server so i can mess about with hopefully.

thanks for the help Jay Jay.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
see what you can break :)

cheers bro, and let me know how you travel if you get the time, with this new transition to 64 bit every bit of info is usefull
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mtw79_matt2Author Commented:
Yeah, i'll keep the community informed of things that i find.
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