Make the Installation of 64-bit Print Drivers Easier


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This post was written by Third Tier consultant Jeremy Anderson. Jeremy will also be presenting at the Third Tier Brain Explosion

 

Making sure that the printers in your network are available to you users is an important part of any SBS installation or migration. One think that you can do to make this easier for you is to install the print management console so that you can install the 64bit and 32bit drivers.

1) Go to the Server Manager, under roles summary, click on Add Roles

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2) Choose Print and Document Services.

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3) Choose Print Server

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4) Click Install

After the Install is finished, Open the Print Management console:

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5) At this point you need to download the 32 bit and the 64 bit drivers from the printer manufactures web site. It is important to get the drivers from the website, as the names must match.

For our example we are going to use a HP LaserJet 3050. To support this printer we are going to use the HP Universal Print driver.

Here is the list of Operating Systems on the HP web site.

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The 32 and 64 bit PCL5 Universal Print Driver

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6) Just extract the Files, do not run the driver installer…

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7) Now add the printer to the server in the print management console:

Expand Print Servers, And Printers, right click on printers and choose Add Printer.

Add a tcp/ip printer and follow the prompts.

8) Uncheck AutoDetect the driver to use:

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9) Go through the next prompts, and then install the driver from disk

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10) Install the 64 Bit driver that you downloaded from the web site.

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11) Set its name, and share it:
TIP – Give it a Descriptive name, something like JohnsPrinter or CopyRoom

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Click finish, and return to the print console.

12) Now its time to install the 32bit drivers for the client PC’s. This works for legacy XP clients, as well as 32 bit editions of Vista and Win7. Expand the server name, and then choose Drivers:

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13) Right Click, and add drivers:

Choose x86 and click next:
TIP – Make sure you uncheck x64

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14) Choose Have disk, and browse to the driver you downloaded:
Make sure you choose the 32 bit one this time:

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14) Click Next and finish and now you will see both the 64 bit and 32 bit drivers are available:

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TIP – These driver names must match EXACTLY. Otherwise the Operating System things it is a different driver.

As you can see, using the print management console is a fast, easy way to manage printers on a SBS server. Here you can easily change the driver that a printer uses, for both the server and the client. This also allows you to see the version of the driver, and ensure that you have the proper version for both 32 bit and 64 bit computers.

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0 thoughts on “Make the Installation of 64-bit Print Drivers Easier

  • dawnb

    This is a great post. One question, though: can I make two different drivers available on the same IP address without any problems? A couple of users only are having problems printing to a networked printer, so I wanted to see if setting them up with a different driver would help. Thanks.

  • MLI

    Thank you very much for this post! Much appreciated because the normal installation method just keeps coming up with errors from HP installers…