I have run into this type of situation a few times, and haven't found a good work-around, so I am hoping someone has some insight for me.
We have a small office, with a Windows 2008 domain, and a 2008 R2 server running the Print and Document Services Role.
We recently purchased a small HP P1606dn printer that I would like to place on the network, and have the printing managed by our print server. However, HP seems to only package the drivers in a self-installing 'full-solution' software package (like for your typical home user). I don't need all that other junk on my server--I just want to find the 32-bit and 64-bit driver files. HP doesn't seem to put drivers out with systems administrators in mind, or else I am looking in the wrong area.
Fyi, I have had the same situation with some Samsung printers we installed as well... I had to install all their monitoring software just to get the driver files loaded.
Can anyone help me find the simple solution for this type of situation?