Print server = Windows 2003 32b
Client = Windows 7 64b
I have had problems getting the Win 7 drivers loaded on the server because HP deemed it necessary to not allow you to download them and use windows update form the client, this is a pain because I need the drivers on the 2003 32b server. I followed the link below to try to update the drivers on the server and it worked for a HP LJ 4000 driver but a few others did not work like a 2300 and a 4700 drivers. Trying to connect to the queue from the desktop would not work and kept kicking up a connection error when it tried to install the driver.
On the 2003 32b print server I loaded Windows 2008 32b and 64b drivers to a queue I was testing and now the Win 7 machine can connect fine and appears to print a test page although I can't physically confirm it at the moment.
The meat of my questions are...
Will the 2008 64b drivers work fine for the Windows 7 64b desktop machine?
Are the drivers the same for 2008 and Windows 7?
When the Windows 7 machine connects to the queue on the print server does it actually download the driver on the server or does it use Windows update like if you install the printer locally?
If I were to update the server with the 2008 drivers is there still a need to install the printer locally on the Win 7 machine like MS suggests even though I wouldn't follow the rest of it to put the driver on the server?