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Printer sharing from 32 bit Windows to 64 bit Windows machines RRS feed

  • Question

  • Here's the environment: (2 scenarios)

    Scenario 1;

    XP Pro 32 bit PC sharing USB HP LaserJet 3200 with universal PCL 5 (v.5.2) drivers with the "Traditional" installation mode (as opposed to the "Dynamic" mode) option.  Printer is shared.

    Windows 7 32 bit PC workgroup members can R-mouse-click  and "Connect" successfully.  Windows 7 and Vista 64 bit PC workgroup members cannot.

    We have 32 bit drivers and 64 bit drivers installed on their respective OS environments. They do not cooperate for the same print device on a 32 bit system from  x64 bit environments?

    I need a solution.  Preferably to be able to share from the W2K3 server to ALL respective clients, regardless or their system bus width and their required 32 v.s. 64 bit drivers.  I am staying with the W2K3 server, which is 32 bit on a 32 bit Intel based Dell system.  So, if you must provide only one reply go with that.  Otherwise, I am looking 1st for the ONE serving ALL.  The ONE could be either W7 64 bit serving ALL (32 and 64 bit PC's) or vice versa.

    (THIS IS A PREVALENT PROBLEM THAT IS EASILY SEEN IN FORUMS EVERYWHERE. )

    Scenario 2;

    Windows 2003 R2 & SP2 x86 (32 bit) server sharing a USB LaserJet 3200 PCL printer with network domain clients with 32 bit and 64 bit PC's wanting to share.  Only 32 bit drivers are on the W2K3 server.

    This seems to be more of a universal question than printer drive specific solution, either way, my concern is for the legacy HP LaserJet 3200 printer.

    Tuesday, May 17, 2011 8:35 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

     

    I suggest adding the printer as a local printer.

     

    1. Go to Devices and Printers

    2. Click Add a printer

    3. In the Add Printer Wizard, select Add a local printer.

    4. On the Choose a printer port page, make sure that the Use an existing port option button and the recommended printer port are selected, and then click Next.

    5. On the Install the printer driver page, select the printer manufacturer and model, and then click Next

     

    Then check the following solution.

     

    http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&taskId=110&prodSeriesId=24354&prodTypeId=18972&objectID=c02030517

     

    Note: Since the website is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

     

    Regarding the printer issue on Server, it is better to get the answer on Server Forum.

     

    Win Server Forum

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windowsserver

     

    Best Regards,

    Niki


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    Monday, May 23, 2011 3:12 AM
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  • The 64bit driver name has to match the 32bit driver name.  If one is PCL 5 and the other PCL5 (v5.2), they do not match


    Alan Morris Windows Printing Team
    Tuesday, May 24, 2011 1:36 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

     

    I suggest adding the printer as a local printer.

     

    1. Go to Devices and Printers

    2. Click Add a printer

    3. In the Add Printer Wizard, select Add a local printer.

    4. On the Choose a printer port page, make sure that the Use an existing port option button and the recommended printer port are selected, and then click Next.

    5. On the Install the printer driver page, select the printer manufacturer and model, and then click Next

     

    Then check the following solution.

     

    http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&taskId=110&prodSeriesId=24354&prodTypeId=18972&objectID=c02030517

     

    Note: Since the website is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

     

    Regarding the printer issue on Server, it is better to get the answer on Server Forum.

     

    Win Server Forum

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windowsserver

     

    Best Regards,

    Niki


    Please remember to click "Mark as Answer" on the post that helps you, and to click "Unmark as Answer" if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
    Monday, May 23, 2011 3:12 AM
    Moderator
  • The 64bit driver name has to match the 32bit driver name.  If one is PCL 5 and the other PCL5 (v5.2), they do not match


    Alan Morris Windows Printing Team
    Tuesday, May 24, 2011 1:36 AM
  • This is what I tried between two Windows 7 machines and it worked.

    Scenario: -  Shared printer between 32bit & 64bit machine.

    Situation: -  Printer was connected to a 32 bit machine. New Staff using a 64bit requested to share the same office printer. Limitation with Operating system platforms , so made 64 bit as the Host machine and performed the below steps;

    1. Download and setup the Printer via USB on the 64bit machine using the 64bit driver from the HP website. Share this printer and list in directory with the share name.
    2. On the client, 32bit machine, download the similar driver type PS or PCL as used on the 64bit machine from the HP website.
    3. Right-click the downloaded ZIP-file and then click Extract All Files. The folder has the same name as the downloaded file.
    4. Perform the normal steps how to add a network printer and then select the printer which was shared earlier. You get the attached  error while adding the printer. Please click OK here

    1. You are presented with the option to browse for the driver software location.
    2. Browse and select the drivers extracted in Step 2 & 3.
    3. This will install the 32bit driver for the similar model printer on the client machine.
    4. Restart the printer and both machines once. (not required but just in case)

    Note: - The Complete software installation from the HP CD or website was not used for the driver installation. Only PS/PCL drivers were downloaded and installed.

    Tuesday, February 6, 2018 4:44 PM