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Recondition Old PC as Print Server

I have a print server which is a Compaq Presario 5000. It is running Windows XP Home. im running into the issue that only five connections can be made at a time and im in an office that can hold 25+ so i need to install Windows Server OS. The issue is that after installing a Server OS im going to run into driver issues. Natually i do not have the driver disk that came with the machine therefore i have to download them BUT the only available drivers are:
 » Microsoft Windows 2000
 » Microsoft Windows 98
 » Microsoft Windows ME
 » Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
 » Microsoft Windows XP
 » Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
 » Microsoft Windows XP Professional

So do i install Server 2003 and use NT4.0 drivers? or Server 2008 and use XP drivers?

Any Ideas?
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richardjones1025
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Netman66Commented:
How many printers do you have and what models?

You could buy an inexpensive Print Server that connects them to the network then print to them from the client using a local TCP/IP port.


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richardjones1025Author Commented:
I have all the disk media for the printers. As long as this old PC is kicking aound no one is going to pay for a new print server. The want me to recondition this one...
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bharrington83Commented:
Windows XP drivers are certified for 2003.  Vista for 2008.  Generally.

That being said, install XP Pro, it can handle as many connections as you need.
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bharrington83Commented:
Install server 2003 and use XP drivers is what I was saying.
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Netman66Commented:
So, let's break this down.

The client is willing to pay in excess of $1000 for a server license to put on a 7 year old PC rather than buy a few small pieces of hardware worth less than $200?

I don't see any logic in that.

I also wanted to know what Printers you were using.

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richardjones1025Author Commented:
We have a MSDN subscrpition
I have all the install media for the printers. Cannon MF and Dell Laser Color
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Netman66Commented:
An MSDN subscription states you cannot use the licenses for business use where money is being made from the use if it.

It's supposed to be for testing/developing.

Both those printers can be setup on Windows Server.  Both may actually have LAN connections which means you really don't need a print server.

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richardjones1025Author Commented:
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