x64 printer server - x86 clients - Is this config possible?

Posted on 2011-10-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hi all,

Ive just built a 2008 R" 64bit server with the intention of making it a print server. I have a mixture of 32bit and 6bit clients. I was thinking a would be able to add the 32 and 64 bit drivers to my print connections but i dont appear able. Is this possible in anyway?

Question by:MJB2011
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    Accepted Solution

    Yes, you can add x86 drivers when shares the printers. Click on printer properties, sharing and aditional drivers.
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    Expert Comment

    If you run through the wizard when you make your server a print server, it will ask you to install a host of different drivers for all clients which could use the server.

    Or as Drashiel said, you can add drivers to printers which are already installed on your system.

    Author Comment

    Great! one more question Im going to install the HP universal driver should i use the PCL5 or 6 Driver?

    Thanks for your help
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    Assisted Solution

    I've always used the PCL5... Seems to work with all O/S's.
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    Expert Comment

    Yes you can - but it is more complicated as mentioned, i personally had a lot of issues with it before i found this article:

    "Step 1. Share a x64 print queue out

    On the x64 Windows Vista RTM/SP1 or a x64 Windows Server 2008 RTM
    Login with the Domain Administrator account or Local Admin account
    Click on Start, Control Panel, Printers, Press the ALT button or Click on Organize, Layout, Menu Bar
    Click on File
    Click on Run as administrator
    Click on Add Printer...
    Choose "Add a local printer" or "Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer"

    And go through the rest of the steps to install a printer and make sure that you share it for example PrintShare1.

    Step 2. Add the x86 print driver

    On a x86 Windows Vista RTM/SP1 or a x86 Windows Server 2008 RTM
    Login with the Domain Administrator account
    Click on Start, \\x64W2K8 PrintServer (or a x64 Vista acting as a Print Server)
    Double click on "Printers"
    Right click on the PrintShare1
    Click on the "Sharing" tab
    Click on the "Additional Drivers..."
    Check the box for 'x86 Type 3 - User Mode'
    Click on Ok
    Click on Close

    Method 2 (Alternate):

    On a x64 Windows Vista RTM/SP1 or a x64 Windows Server 2008 RTM
    Click on Start, Control Panel
    Double click on Printers
    Press the ALT button


    Click on Organize, Layout, Menu Bar
    Click on File, Run as administrator, Server Properties...
    Click on the Drivers tab
    Click on Add...
    Click on Next
    Uncheck the 'x64 Type 3 - User Mode'
    Check the 'x86 Type 3 - User Mode'
    Click on Have Disk...
    Click on Browse... (to the x86 (32-bit) machine)



    For example: \\x86W2K8\c$\windows\system32\driverstore\filerepository\prnhp001.inf_5fecfc5e\prnhp001.inf

    Click on Open
    Click on Ok
    Under "Printers"
    Select the print driver that you want to install
    Click on Next
    Click on Finish
    Now you should be able to see the x86 print drivers installed under the "Processor" column.

    Click on Close"

    Adding them the way suggested in "Step 2" did not work for me and I had to use the alternative.


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