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Hello everyone,

We have a dillema with this world of 64bit workstations and our 32 bit print servers.

our company cannot upgrade servers right now but we're slowly getting more and more 64 bit workstations.  this becomes an issue when adding printers since we now have to manually add them by using IP and browsing to the folder with the drives...it's annoying and it's p****** me off!

is there a workaround to install 64 bit print drivers on a 2003 server enterprise 32 bit server?

please say yes!

thanks

ceez

asked 11/17/2011 01:10

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Add a 64 bit repository to your 32 bit server..

Additional drivers button on the sharing page
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gcoltharp: I guess I should have been more speecific, I would actually like to just add the printers on my print server and share them out just how it's always worked in 32 bit land.  Now I cant install 64 bit drivers on my 32 bit server cause it just doesnt like the 64 bit architecture....they just dont play well together.

I already have a folder with the 64 bti drivers, but imagine telling an end user to go to add a printer - add by ip - enter the ip address - browse \\server\share - forget it....end of the world.  :(
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answered 2011-11-17 at 09:21:59

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You install the printers on your server as 32 bit and share them ....then you add 64 bit drivers in the additional drivers area so that 64 bit clients can use them. They wont play well until there is a driver there they can use.
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answered 2011-11-17 at 09:30:06

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If I try the add the printer as a 2nd printer with the 64 bit drivers OR try to add a New Driver to the original shared 32 bit printer I get the following:
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Select Device
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The specified location does not contain a compatible software driver for your device. If the location contains a driver, make sure it is designed to work with Windows for 32-bit systems.
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OK  
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It seems like my only option is to get a 64 bit version of server installed and that way I can have the 64 bit drivers and should also be able to install the 32 bit drivers.
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answered 2011-11-17 at 09:45:09

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Ok...so you have the exact same driver in both 32 bit and 64 bit versions?

When you add the 64 bit driver you are going in to Additional Drivers on the sharing page and clicking x64?

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answered 2011-11-17 at 10:48:28

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gcoltharp

Alright I think I got it.  After endless random searches on google I finally came across a post on social.technet that hinted towards a step that I was missing:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/winserverprint/thread/14600da2-ada3-4b50-ba49-57625b942b34

Method#2 explained by the authoer poster....went to server properties - drivers tab - add button and in the add printer driver wizard there's a check box for x64 among others.  Checked the box and it prompted for the 64 bit drivers followed by the 32 bit drivers.  Apparently they have to be same so if it's PCL 64 it's PCL 32.

From my PC that's 64bits I was able to add it by using the \\server\printersharename and printed successfully!

Man I am so happy I can have closure on this.  There are so many people looking for answers on the web and many answers are to do the manual add which is horrible when you have a working print server that's running 32bit.  Over the next few days iI'll work on adding more 64 bit drivers and see how it all works out.

Hope this helps someone else!
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answered 2011-11-17 at 11:18:15

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answered 2011-11-17 at 14:59:53

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