Migrate printers from Windows 2000 to Windows 2008

Posted on 2010-04-08
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I have a Windows 2000 server (32 Bit) setup as a print server.  The server is being retired and Windows 2008 will be in place (migration to occur shortly).  The Windows 2008 server is 64bit.  What steps do I need to take to migrate the printers / shares / drivers from Windows 2000 to Windows 2008?  Office Workstations are Windows XP SP3 and Windows 7 64bit.

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i don't think a migration will be possible from a 32bit server to a 64 bit server due to 64bit machines nearly always needing 64bit drivers. 32bit printer drivers rarely work on 64bit machines.
i'd download the 64bit drivers from the manufacturers websites and install from scratch, re-sharing once installed
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You can't migrate from 32-bit to 64-bit print server. Anyways you really don't want to because of the drivers changing because of the different Operating System. You have to look at if there are drivers even for 2008 servers. I would manually install the printer drivers.

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