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I've seen this asked before and I've tried to set it up accordingly, however I keep getting architecture errors when trying to install 32 bit drivers.

I downloaded 64 and 32 bit Server 2003 and Server 2008 drivers but none of the 32 bit are working. Tried to install just as a 32 bit, but no go. When I try to add additional drivers, I get the architecture warning and it fails.

Any ideas?
Thanks!
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by:Darryl Allen
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It's my understanding that you can't install 32bit drivers on a 64bit system.

What printers are you using that don't provide 64bit drivers?
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There all HP. Hp provides 64 bit drivers, however the clients (32 bit) can't install them. I tried "additional" drivers, but something isn't right.
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If the server is hosting the printers, then it's the one that runs the drivers.  They shouldn't need to be installed locally.

So the server can print to the printers using the 64bit drivers, but when you try to add a shared printer to a 32bit machine it won't let you?
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Correct - The machines get there drivers from the Server...
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See if this thread doesn't help you:

http://www.msserveradmin.com/32bit-printer-drivers-on-an-x64-windows-2008-print-server/

There does seem to be a way around this, especially with HP printers, because of the way they name their drivers.
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That might work. Thanks! I'll try it tonight.
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Installed the driver from the client machine. Downloaded both universal (32/64) to the Server. Installed 64's first, then from the 32 bit clients, installed the 32 bit. Thanks!
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