Win2K3 (32 bit) server: How do I add Win7(64) Additional Drivers for a printer (Dell W5300N)?
Posted on 2010-11-17
Hello to all you Experts,
I have a Dell W5300N mono laser printer installed on a network and managed by a Win 2003 server (32 bit). I need to support Win7 (64 bit) client PCs. How do I add Win7 64 bit drivers on this server using the Additional Drivers... button under the Sharing tab of this printer's Properties applet? The issue is that when I click on the Additional Drivers button, only one x64 processor choice displays: Windows XP and Windows Server 2003
I have never truly understood what to do in these situations. I assume that at the time Dell wrote the Win 2003 x86 driver that this server uses locally, Win 7 did not exist. Therefore no Win 7 choices are listed under Additional Drivers.
Today Dell does offer a x64 Win7 driver, but if I point the Additional Drivers dialog to this driver it reports "The specified location does not contain the driver Dell Laser Printer W5300 for the requested processor achitecture" (note - I selected the only x64 choice of "WinXP & Win2003"). So far the only thing I have been able to do is install the x64 Win7 driver on the Win7 *client* PC. But that is a maintenance PITA to have to do this manually for each new Win7 PC, plus print jobs sent from those Win7 PCs bypass the server's print queue and go directly to the printer over TCP/IP...