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64-bit Driver for HP Laserjet 4050 on Widnows Server 2008 R2

I am having a devil of a time trying to install an older HP Laserjet 4050 on a Terminal Services Windows 2008 R2 server.  The printer is shared on the network as "Acct-HP4050".

I downloaded both the PCL5 and PCL6 univesal print drivers.  Regardless which .inf I choose under either PCL5 or PCL6 I get the following error message:  "Windows cannot locate a suitable printer driver.  Contact your administrator....bah, bah, bah..."

So my question, experts, is how can I find a 64bit printer driver for the laserjet 4050?  

FYI:  This is an older printer, obviously, but because we print checks using a special MICR toner cartridge...and hence, the reason why this printer is needed.

Thanks in advance for you help.
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8/22/2022 - Mon
Brian Pringle

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Did you use the driver from HP or did you download it from Windows update?  The reason I ask is because I had a similar problem with an HP 4000 and Windows 7.  This was for an onsite call (a rental at a hotel) and I had prepared a USB drive with the appropriate drivers from HP.  The drivers from HP did not work (seemed to install, but wouldn't print).  So I had to resort to installing the driver from Windows update - which did work.

Try a different procedure altogether:

1) Remove the printer from the server... (You may need to delete any queued output and/or reboot with printer not connected to do this)

2) Go to CONTROL PANEL==> (devices &) Printers==> ADD PRINTER

3) Choose LOCAL EXISTING LPT1: for the printer port (just to install driver)

4) If you don't see the HP LJ 4050 in the list of printers (there should be THREE: PS, PCL5 and PCL6) click on WINDOWS UPDATE and allow it to download from Microsoft (may take several minutes)

5) Install the driver

After completion, you can plug in the printer... If it is on a USB port instead of parallel port, allow it to add the USB bridge, but use the driver you already downloaded!
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Walt Forbes

Try searching the print driver at the following site:


You will winrar or winzip to extract the driver from the .cab files downloaded.

Whoa...good response and easy to follow directions.  You win ptpringle.  It definately solved my problem pronto.  Again many thanks, and also thanks to the other experts who took the time to answer my request.   Have a great day.