How to add XP printer driver to Windows 2008 Server
Posted on 2012-03-30
I used to have Widnows 2000 Server and XPP workstations. I set up printes (with Static IP addresses) on the Windows 2000 Server and created "Share" name for each printer. From workstation PCs, I used to type "\\Server Name" in windows explorer and right click on the printer name and click "connect" and simply the printer was installed on workstations.
Now I have a SBS2011 (Windows 2008 R2) and all workstation computers are still XPP.
I have created share name for the same printers on SBS2011. When I type in "\\Server Name", I can still see the printers, but when I try to connect, then it complains about "printer driver not recoginized or incompatible .. of this nature". So what I do now is create a TCP/IP port (assigned to each printer),point to the folder that contains XP print driver to add a new printer. It works, but it is a pain considering that I have to do this for 15 workstations and 5 printers on the network.
Can you add XP print drivers to SBS2011 so that XP workstations can draw the printer driver files from the SBS2011 directly?