Are x64 print drivers only offered on x64 system?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Printing / Faxing / Scanning' started by Clark, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. Clark

    Clark Guest

    I was just wondering, on an x64 install, if the print drivers offered in
    the wizard during an add printer sequence, are only x64 bit ones. If
    not, is there a way to tell the difference?

    Thanks,
    Clark
     
    Clark, Feb 9, 2009
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  2. yes the Add Printer wizard only shows the list of drivers for the
    architecture of the OS.

    Use Add Driver in printmanagement.msc (Ultimate) or from printers folder
    Server Properties, Drivers in all versions to add other architecture
    drivers.

    PS. I have a troubleshooting tip: in Safe Mode, the spooler service is not
    started.

    But please continue to assist others in the quest for squiggly lines on
    paper.


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    Alan Morris
    Windows Printing Team
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    Alan Morris [MSFT], Feb 9, 2009
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  3. Clark

    Clark Guest

    OK, in order to assist others, I need to know where in the registry the
    "default printer selection" is kept. Since I just went through this and
    ended up deleting all instances of the default printer in the registry.
    I was hoping there would just be one place necessary to delete, which
    would get rid of the errant selection and hopefully allow the Print
    Spooler to start in normal mode.

    I was looking at:
    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

    Also, you have to understand I did not know the Print Spooler was
    responsible for populating the printer information in the Printers box.:)

    Clark
     
    Clark, Feb 9, 2009
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  4. No problem, thanks for helping out others.

    You have the correct reg location. Clear the Device data, then stop and
    start the spooler. net stop spooler net start spooler

    If you need some additional information regarding the installation of x64
    print drivers on x86 machines sharing printers create a new post or read
    through some of the old ones. The main gotcha is, the driver name has to be
    the same.

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    Alan Morris
    Windows Printing Team
    Search the Microsoft Knowledge Base here:
    http://support.microsoft.com/search/?adv=1

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
     
    Alan Morris [MSFT], Feb 9, 2009
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