install legacy printers on server 2008 x64

Posted on 2009-04-22
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
is their a way that I can install a legacy printer that is no longer supported onto a windows server 2008 x64 machine? I have the xp drivers for this printer but they are x86. I don't care if the server can actually use the printer so long as the clients that It will be shared to can use it.
Question by:mattolan
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    by:Vince Glisson
    Have you tried to install them?
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    which kind of printer (Laser,Jet,older) ?

    In a server the best is to install a driver built for that architecture, also if not exatcly done for
    the printer, rather the opposit: the perfect printer driver but for another OS.

    Try with simple printer as (HPLJ4) or exist UPD (Universal Printer Driver)

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    If you have server 2008 you could also create a x86 virtual machine with the print server role, join it to the domain as a member server, then install all your x86 printer to the VM, making sure you check the box to "List them in active directory". Then, even tho the domain is setup in x64 when a client adds a printer it will pull the drivers from the x86 machine and that should solve the printer driver problem...
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    The real question for you, is what are the datastreams supported for these printer ?
    Most of the manufacturers are now providing a Universal Driver as Dolomiti wrote (Lexmark, HP...), so once you are sure that they all support one datastream, just select the right UPD.

    I do not like the HP UPD as it comes as an .exe file, but I would rather use the Lexmark one that comes as an standard INF driver package (once extracted).
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    this solves the problem for now, but microsoft has announced they are droppign x86 servers as of 2008 R2, so I guess I will just hope I no longer have to deal with any leagacy printers by the time I need to rebuild my print server again

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