Adding a Windows 7 64 bit client printer driver

One of my clients who has an SBS 2003 server has just got some Windows 7 64 bit laptops, and I'm having trouble installing the 64 bit printer drivers on the SBS 2003 server. All the guides I have read so far tell me that I have to do it from the Windows 7 client logged into the domain with admin rights, but so far all have told me that it has to be a 32 bit client. Unfortunately don't have a 32 bit client there, all are 64 bit, and  and if I right click in devices and printers (while logged in as admin) I don't see the "Server Properties" menu. Any ideas how I can get this done? I really don't want to have to build a 32 bit W7 client just to install one printer driver.
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Lofty WormIT ManagerCommented:
from the server, do you see the "sever properties menu?  there is a tab there to add drivers.
saku99Author Commented:
Yes I do, but in the list of clients I do not have Windows 7, it only goes up to XP
Lofty WormIT ManagerCommented:
There should be an add driver button there, and you will have to have the windows 7 x64 drivers downloaded to the server.
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saku99Author Commented:
yes there is but it askes me to select the target OS from a list of checkboxes and as I said only goes up to XP, so what do I select there. I assume if the OS does not match the client won't pickup the drivers.
It has been my experience in the past that a server will not allow a mixture of 32 and 64 bit drivers. It is either one or the other, but not both. I ran into this when trying to add 32 bit drivers on a 64 bit version of server 2008. I had to install the 32 bit drivers on each workstation.
Normally, the drivers have to be installed on the server, not the laptops. Right-click on the printer that you want to share, then click on "Sharing", and you'll see a button that says "Additional Drivers". However, I'm pretty sure that if the server is 64-bit, it will give you options to install 32-bit drivers. But if the server is 32-bit, it won't give you an option for 64-bit drivers.

And more importantly, the 2003 Server doesn't know what Windows 7 is, and therefore won't give you an option to install Windows 7 drivers at all. The best you can hope for is to install XP drivers and that Windows 7 will work with those instead of telling you that it's the wrong OS.

And getting your hands on a 32-bit client won't help either -- the driver will install on thatclient, but not on the 64-bit ones. The bottom line is that the server has to be 64-bit to do what you want.
Lofty WormIT ManagerCommented:
I have added 64 bit drivers from the server on 2003.  I did have to restart the spooler once, but it did work.  Also, I found this note on technet;

so I know 2003 will support the 64 bit drivers, you just have to get them there.

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saku99Author Commented:
Sorry for late reply to this, I have not been able to go back to that client yet to test, I installed all the drivers manually on the 64bit clients for now.

I have also discovered that on Vista/W7 you can use "Print Management" (just enter that in the search) and that gets around the problem of not being able to see server properties on W7
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