x64 Windows 2008 R2 Server and x32 Windows XP Printer Drivers

Okay... I've wasted a day on trying to get a single 32-bit printer driver up to my 64-bit 2008 R2 print server.  I've read through numerous posting on EE and Google.  I understand that what seems to be the defacto standard to get a 32-bit driver to a 64-bit server is to browse to the print server from the x32 XP workstation and install the driver...


to install the printer and then go to File - Server Properties - Drivers and upload the driver to the server...


from the print server go to the printer's properties and install additional 32-bit drivers.

I've tried all of these options and for the life of me cannot get the printer/driver to install properly on a 32-bit machine.

Any pointers would be GREATLY appreciated!

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Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
First of all, download the 32-bit drivers for your printers. Set up and share the printers on your 64-bit server. Now on a 32-bit client (I used windows 7 32-bit to connect to the print server, but I guess Vista will work as well), run printmanagement.msc. This will show you the drivers connected to the client.

Right-click on print server and add your print server. Under the print server, open your server and right-click on Drivers and choose "add driver". Point it to the 32-bit driver that you downloaded.

For this to work it is important that these are the exact same version and name as your 64-bit drivers.

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Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
The above solved my problem with Win7 and Vista clients. XP clients had a different problem, but its not something that happens to everyone, so don't worry about that yet.
januismerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the response TBone2K!  I was on the phone with Lexmark Tech support as your postings were coming through.  We were able to get the problem resolved.  It actually had to do with Lexmark's driver package missing some files (joy).  They've rebranded/packaged their drivers for Windows 2008 R2 x64 into a "Lexmark Universal Driver System Administrator Package".  This comes with both x64 and x32 drivers  Everything is extracted and installed from the x64 server.  It worked as it should have from the start.

I basically added the x64 driver first with the printer creation and then went into "Additional Drivers" for the printer and added the x32 with no issue.

Good luck and thanks!
januismerAuthor Commented:
Please see the last posting to this problem too.
Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
Thanks for the update. Looks like Lexmark has the right idea. So far most of the printers I have dealt with (HP) don't have the 32 and 64 bit drivers bundled together.

Glad to be of assistance.
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