Print from 32 bit machine to 64 bit machine

Posted on 2012-09-19
Last Modified: 2012-10-01
Two computers on our network are running Windows 7.

One has the 64 bit version of the Windows 7 OS installed.  Computer name is: comp1.  It has an HP 2100 printer installed.  It's connected via a USB cable.  It's shared with a sharename of:  64bit.  So, the path to the shared printer should be:  \\comp1\64bit.

The other has the 32 bit version of the Windows 7 OS installed.  No matter if I "browse" for the printer or type in the path as shown in the first paragraph, the printer will NOT install.  

I suppose I should either install the 32 bit driver on the 64 bit machine or install the 64 bit driver on the 32 bit machine.  However, the HP website offers neither the 32 bit or the 64 bit driver on its website for download.

Please advise.
Question by:baleman2
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    Expert Comment

    Well, the real problem is that your printer is very old and not designed to recognize newer 64 / 32 bit standards.  I would be looking to getting a more suitable printer with network support as the best solution, but if you still want to try using this printer, I would advise you to connect it via USB to the 32-bit machine, and share it over the network from there.  64-bit machines have a better chance of accommodating 32-bit ones than the other way around.
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    HP offers both a Win 7 32b and 64b driver for this printer, but its the Universal Print Driver which is known for its issues. Unfortunately, that'll be your best bet to use as your 32Bit drivers on your 64Bit PC.
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    by:Justin Yeung
    first you cannot use a 32 bit driver on a 64bit OS or the way around, however you can shared the printer with multiple os platform.

    on the share tab of printer you can click on the additional drivers and check x64 or x32 and then install the identical driver for other platform.
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    Accepted Solution

    It is worth trying to install the driver on the local win7 machine, pointing at LPT1:
    Then try to connect to the remote printer again, and as the driver is now installed in the OS, it might work.

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