Install additional 64 bit driver to 32 driver in XP

Posted on 2014-08-14
Last Modified: 2014-08-15

I have a Epson WorkForce WF-3540 All-in-One Printer that  the 32 bit driver was installed on the xp 32bit OS. I need to install a 64bit printer driver as well for other user who has 64bit OS to print in a peer-to-peer environment. when I right click the printer and select Sharing and then click Additional Driver, put a check mark on 64bit it says "Operation could not be completed". Is that the other way around so I can be able to add 64 bit driver?

Thanks a lot!
Question by:Shawyen
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    You cannot install a 64-bit driver in XP. If you need to share the printer, put it on the network and allow each computer to have the proper driver. That is how I handle printers with mixed operating systems. It works fine.
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    Or use a server OS from which you share the printer from.
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    Most versions of xp are the 32 bit version, but there is a 64 bit version out there but it is not common. The person who you want to use the 64 drivers, does that person have a 64 bit computer? If not I am not sure why you are trying to install a 84 bit driver as the 64 bit printer driver will not work on a 32 bit OS. Of course if the workstation does have a 64 bit os installed then you must use a 64 bit driver for that workstation. If thre is only one or two workstations that require a 64 bit printer driver, just install it locally, If the printer is just connected via usb and no network, and you wish to share the printer with other users, you can connect a print server, to this printer. Just make sure the print server you buy has usb ports that can connect from the printer to the print server. If you printer is older and has a parallel port you will need a print server that has a parallel port.

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    Got it! Thanks a lot for all your input. I worked around and got the problem fixed.
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    by:John Hurst
    @Shawyen  - Thanks for the update and I was happy to help.

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