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The host computer needs to have bothe 32-bit and 64-bit drivers to be able to communicate with the computers trying to print. The Printer drivers need to be installed on each computer. The basic of sharing a Printer on a Network explains this and may also help. A printer driver is a piece of software that translates your computer data into a format your printer can understand. Each printer is built with different hardware and software, so your computer needs to learn how to give instructions to each particular machine. That’s what a printer driver is used for.

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This is a quick how-to for adding additional print drivers to your print server. This is a very easy method, especially if you have existing computers that are of a different platform than your server and have been able to print. This method does require administrative rights so be prepared to enter your credentials.

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For this example I will be adding the x86 drivers to a x64 server. This particular setup is from Windows 7 32-bit to Windows 2008R2 64-bit.

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8 Steps total

Step 1: Log In

Log into server or workstation that has a current set of drivers that you want to add to your new print server.

Step 2: Run MMC.EXE

Run mmc.exe, you will most likely need to enter administrator credentials if you have UAC setup.

Step 3: Add Print Management

Click on Add/Remove Snap-In, then find Print Management > Add

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Step 4: Add Server

Type in the address by either IP address or DNS name of the print server which you want to add additional drivers to, then click Add to List, then Finish. Click OK on the Add/Remove Snap-In Window to return to Console Root view.

Step 5: Browse Print Server

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Once you have gone to tree view of the Console Root browse down to Print Management > Print Servers > Your Server > Printers

Step 6: Printer Properties

You should now see the listing of printers on that particular server on the right side of the print management console. Right click on the printer which you want to add additional drivers for and go to Printer Properties...

Step 7: Sharing

Click on the Sharing tab of the Printer Properties dialog.

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Step 8: Additional Drivers

Click on the Additional Drivers button on the lower portion of the Sharing Tab. Once the Additional Drivers window opens click on the driver set that the computer you are on has that needs to go to that print server. The location window may open, but copying will start immediately after you click OK.

3 Comments

  • Habanero
    chris.hone.5688 Jan 10, 2017 at 08:20am

    Why wouldn't you just go direct to the server that was acting as your print server? So much easier that way.

  • Pimiento
    Brandon5197 Jan 24, 2019 at 10:40pm

    All those steps to install print services, but you don't actually show how to install additional print drivers. What a waste of time.

  • Serrano
    chris.lubinski Mar 8, 2019 at 01:24pm

    It was a decent article but I agree with Chris.hone. I am not sure why you wouldn't just open print management. Aside from that either before step 8 or as a note. IF additional drivers is greyed out when you open right-click on the printer and select 'Manage Sharing' You will need to stop sharing the printer close the properties window and reopen it and you should be able then to add additional drivers to the printer selected.