Adding Additional XP Drivers to a Printer installed on a Print Server with Windows Server 2008

Posted on 2009-12-17
Last Modified: 2013-12-01

We have just reinstalled our Print Server to Windows Server 2008 (not R2) since our previous Print Server with W2K3 R2 was giving too much problems, so we decided to make a fresh install to W2K8.

As soon as we installed the server with W2K8 we immediately noticed that the previous printer drivers (compatible with XP), could not be installed on W2K8.  Therefore we downloaded the new printer drivers, specifically created for either W2K8 or Windows 7.  

We started to install these drivers on the server and added the printers we have in office, and all of them were successfully installed and shared on the network.  

A user with Windows 7 can use all printers we have available.  But Windows XP users are not able to add the printer as it's requesting the user to search for a compatible driver.

So I went on the Print Server, got into the Sharing properties and pressed on Additional Drivers, then chose the x86 option, and when i browsed to the correct location of XP driver saved on the C: drive on the Print Server I got the attached error.  This is happening to our printers which are Dell 1720dn, Dell 1815dn, Epson EPL-6200 and HP 1505n.

I tried copying the location of the driver installed on an XP machine and pasted it on a local folder in W2K8 and tried to add it as an additional driver, to no avail.

Basically my question is, why can't I add an additonal XP driver on a W2K8 print server installed printer? If in theory I can, how do I go about it?
Question by:d_deftone
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    Per this PAQ, manually install the driver on one XP workstation, then map to the printer share on the server.  Go to Properties of the printer on the XP machine, access the Additional Drivers section, and add the XP driver from there.

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