Windows 7 64 Bit Drivers

I can;t seem to configure any printers from my SBS 2003 printer network to work with my New PC which is running window 7 64 bit. I went on the manufacture site and downloaded the drivers however I can;t seem to properly configure them. I am also running into problems with several USB to Serial cables. I can;t seem to find any drivers for generic USB to serial cables.

Can anyone point me in the right direction
cmdolcetAsked:
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BlueYonderCommented:
Install Windows XP Mode and use the printer form XP mode.
cmdolcetAuthor Commented:
Is there any other way? I really don't want a virtual Machine Running
BlueYonderCommented:
The only other way is to find a driver, but finding the driver is a problem, since a lot of the drivers are not available for older printers.
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Dale MaySecurityCommented:
What is the model number of the printer you need drivers for?
cmdolcetAuthor Commented:
One is a Xerox 5135 Workcenter printer and the other is an HP 2605dn color laser. I did download the drivers for both printers however when I install them on the server ( Both printers are networked from the server - SBS 2003 ) Will my other PC's which are running Windows 7 32 bit and Windows XP be affect and can;t print?
.Commented:
If you can get the 64bit drivers you could install them on the workstation only and print to the ip address of the printer rather than through a printer share on your SBS. Providing you are using the printers Ethernet ports and not USB off the server this will work.

Hopefully I have understood this right.
Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
The trick (bear) in a mixed O/S environment (x86 and x64) is that the driver versions have to match down to the .00001 revision or the printer(s) won't ever be stable and, in many cases, that is impossible.  The fix is to set the printers to static ip addresses (i.e. 192.168.0.150, 151, etc) and set all of the PC's to use a standard tcp/ip port rather than a share.  Not only does it reduce your printing network traffic by 50% (no more spool to the server then out to the printer), it eliminates any version mismatch issues and allows the users to print if the server is down.
cmdolcetAuthor Commented:
johan_strange, if I understand your last comment correctly, you can load windows 64 bit drivers to the local PC and then connect to the printer without disturbing the mixed environment?

Remember I still have 32 bit machine running and also my server is 32 bit so I dont want to load this on my server and cause issues.

Please confirm and if yes how is the best way to go about it.

Thanks
ArneLoviusCommented:
If the printer is connected to the network, you do not have to print via the server, you could print direct to the printer from the 64bit computer.

For a USB to serial adaptor that is Windows7 64bit capable search in your local Google shopping  for "usb serial ftdi" such as http://www.tronisoft.com/prod.php?id=2455

cmdolcetAuthor Commented:
ArneLovius:
"If the printer is connected to the network, you do not have to print via the server, you could print direct to the printer from the 64bit computer".

Yes the printer are Networked through our server. So how would I set it up from the 64bit PC?
ArneLoviusCommented:
setup the printer in the same way that you would on the server, create a network port and use the appropriate driver

if you intalled the RSAT for windows 2008r2 on Windows 7, you could also do it automatically via group policy
Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
Repeat:
The trick (bear) in a mixed O/S environment (x86 and x64) is that the driver versions have to match down to the .00001 revision or the printer(s) won't ever be stable and, in many cases, that is impossible.  The fix is to set the printers to static ip addresses (i.e. 192.168.0.150, 151, etc) and set all of the PC's to use a standard tcp/ip port rather than a share.  Not only does it reduce your printing network traffic by 50% (no more spool to the server then out to the printer), it eliminates any version mismatch issues and allows the users to print if the server is down.

You set the printers to static ip addresses by going to their respective web administrative pages and changing the network fro automatic to manual and typing in the ip address.

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