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Multiple Print Drivers For One Printer

Posted on 2010-11-22
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I am trying to figure out how to configure my print server to hold multiple print drivers for one printer. For instance I would like for my computers to search in the directory, find a printer (we will call it HP PRINTER) and download the correct drivers for it. Say for instance my print server is sharing a printer and placing it in the directory on IP address 192.168.1.55

I would like for a Windows XP, 7, and 7  (64 bit) to install the printer without having to find their own. I am having trouble doing this it seems. I get the initial Windows XP drivers installed just fine, but I am having problems getting Windows 7 64bit installed. Also, I am running the printer server on Server 2003
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Is the version of Window 2003 server 64 bit?  I'm guessing that you are having issues because you are trying to load a 64 bit driver to a 32 bit OS.  Just an initial thought.  Never tried to do this before but it would make sense that it may not work for that reason.
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by:mittermueller
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You must install the drivers for x64 from a x64-machine. Just
1) go to \\servername from the x64 machine
2) In the list of shares, open the Printers folder.
3) Right-click in the Printers folder and select Server Properties.
4) Go to the Drivers tab and add a new x64 driver.

Be sure to use an account with rights on the x32 print server.
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by:Bardlebee
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I am running server 2003 64 bit.

I install the printer initially with Windows XP 32 bit drivers and it prints just fine. I can also install it with Windows XP 32bit clients. But, when I try to install it from the directory with a Windows 7 64bit machine it says it cannot locate the drivers....
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by:Bardlebee
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Mitter, there are no printer folders... I see printers I've shared, but no folders
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by:Bardlebee
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I figured it out, and it is truly the most backwards way to install a 64bit driver or to share drivers. But its fixed.
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