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How to copy printer settings from one 64-bit Win 7 Pro PC to another

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Greetings,

I will be setting up c. 50 new Windows 7 Professional 64-bit PC's at a client over the next few weeks.  These will be replacing the same number of existing Win XP Pro 32-bit PC's.  My question is:  What is the easiest way to duplicate printer settings and drivers from one Win 7 Pro 64-bit PC to another?  I'll be setting up the firm's printers on the first Win 7 64-bit PC, and would then like to duplicate those printer setups to all new Windows 7 PC's as I configure and roll them out.  Previously, when the environment was XP Pro 32-bit, I used Microsoft's Printer Migrator 3.1 utility, which lets you save a PC's complete printer setup, including drivers, print settings and ports, to a single export file, and then import that file to another PC, restoring all ports, drivers, and printer settings in one shot.  Unfortunately, the Printer Migrator utility doesn't work in a 64-bit environment.  Is there an equivalent utility out there for duplicating local printer setups and settings from one PC to another for Win 7 64-bit?  Note that there are no printer servers at this location, so solutions that focus on duplicating or migrating printer servers from one system to another will not be useful for this,  There are c. 8 network printers around the office, both HP and Ricoh, and the printer setups on each PC are configured to print to the various printers at their IP addresses using Standard TCP ports.

Thanks in advance.
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a way is shown here :  http://smallbusiness.chron.com/copy-printer-settings-another-computer-59761.html

this is for server, but is said to work for XP-W7 also :  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938923
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Thanks nobus!  The first link you put in worked beautifully.  For anyone else viewing this post,  I added the Print Management snap-in to MMC,  and then added the WIn 7 Pro (local) machine I was testing this on as a print server.  I had already installed all the necessary printers and their TCP ports.  From there, right-click on the local server, and you get the options for Export printers to file and Import printers from file.  I ran the Export, and then to test it out, removed the printers from Devices and Printers, removed the printer drivers using the snap-in,  and then imported the file containing the exported information . It worked like a charm.

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many thanks again.
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glad to help!
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