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Is there a way to copy in-box printer drivers from Windows 7x64 to W2K3 Server x86?

Posted on 2011-09-13
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I'm currently setting up shared print queues for Windows 7 Pro x64 clients on a Windows 2003 Standard Server x86.  I've been able to successfully set these up for all other print devices, but am stuck on our Konica Minolta Di3010.

Per this KM article, I was able to setup a local queue on a Windows 7 x64 client with the in-box PCL5e driver.  But it looks like the only driver available for Windows 2003 is PCL6.  (I am setting up new queues just for our new Windows 7 x64 clients & not touching the existing queues for our Windows XP x86 clients.)

On the Windows 7 x64 client, I went to Print Management & thought I'd successfully added the PCL5e x64 driver to the W2K3 x86 server...but when I log into the server, I don't see PCL5e as a choice.  I even tried just using the Konica Minolta Universal driver...but that didn't work either.

Is there a way around this other then setting up local queues for each client using the Di3010?
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Davis McCarn earned 500 total points
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I hate to say it; but, you're scr*wed.
In order to use a mix of x86 and x64 O/S', you must have absolutely identical driver versions on all of the systems.  If they mismatch by even .0001 on the version, you get bizarre
There is nothing wrong with the thought of leaving the old que using the existing XP/2K3 setup; but, there are NO matching versions of any x64 drivers that will work with 2K3.
Unless you need print auditing for billing purposes, set the Win 7 systems to use a standard TCP/IP port (matching the printers) and use the PCL5E drivers you have.
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@DavisMcCarn: Thanks for confirming that.  As another option, what if I setup one of the clients with a local x64 queue & share that out to make management less painful?  I guess the 2 main considerations would be Windows' 10 connection limit to a client OS & the burden of spooling the print jobs on the workstation the queue is being shared from, yes?
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Printing directly to a specified TCP/IP printer port is always the best option. It reduces network traffic, eliminates driver version problems, and works forever.
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