How to load x86 print drivers on Vista x64 for XP/Vista 32 bit OS

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by noabody, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. noabody

    noabody Guest

    Step 1. Share a x64 print queue out
    On the x64 Windows Vista RTM/SP1 or a x64 Windows Server 2008 RTM
    Login with the Domain Administrator account or Local Admin account
    Click on Start, Control Panel, Printers, Press the ALT button or Click
    on Organize, Layout, Menu Bar
    Click on File
    Click on Run as administrator
    Click on Add Printer...
    Choose "Add a local printer" or "Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth

    And go through the rest of the steps to install a printer
    and make sure that you share it for example PrintShare1.

    Step 2. Add the x86 print driver
    On a x86 Windows Vista RTM/SP1 or a x86 Windows Server
    2008 RTM
    Login with the Domain Administrator account
    Click on Start, \\x64W2K8 PrintServer (or a x64 Vista acting as a Print
    Double click on "Printers"
    Right click on the PrintShare1
    Click on the "Sharing" tab
    Click on the "Additional Drivers..."
    Check the box for 'x86 Type 3 - User Mode'
    Click on Ok
    Click on Close

    At this point we are prompted for the x86 printer driver. Browse
    to the directory containing your extracted driver files (where the *.inf
    files are). After these files are found Vista x64 wants the x86
    ntprint.inf, unidrv, etc. files from a Vista or other Windows 6
    installation such as server 2008. The required files can be found in
    the folder at

    This is the beautiful part as it means you must have access to a
    full Vista or Server 2008 x32 installation so you can get that folder
    and all the files it contains. The only thing I had access to was a
    Vista 32-bit installation disc and it can be extracted using 7-zip to
    open the file install.wim . I found this file on the DVD path
    sources\install.wim . Just open this file in 7-zip and drill down to
    this path
    \1\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\ntprint.inf_guid .

    Although install.wim had subfolders 1 through 13 which all had a
    Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\ntprint.inf_guid section,
    some of them had an AMD64 subfolder and some had an I386 subfolder. We
    need the one with an I386 folder. Once you find the proper
    ntprint.inf_guid folder extract it to the same place as the 32 bit
    printer drivers. This should satisfy the Vista x64 file requirements
    and the 32 bit printer driver installation should successfully

    At this point I was able to share my HP PSC 2170 Series printer
    with 32-bit Windows XP machines. This printer is natively supported by
    a driver in Vista x64. After adding the official HP 32-bit driver into
    Vista along with the ntprint.inf folder, all of the appropriate drivers
    are installed to the client XP 32-bit machines the moment they tried to
    connect to the Vista x64 shared printer.
    noabody, Jul 30, 2009
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  2. Or you can do this..

    First, you need to know the name of the computer which hosts the printer,
    and the name of the printer to be shared.
    Sitting at the host computer: The procedure is the same for Vista and XP

    Start > My Computer > Properties > Computer Name tab > Change button. Write
    down the name that you see here because this is the computer name.

    Start > Settings > Printers and Faxes > Right click on the printer to be
    shared > Properties > Sharing tab. Write down the name that you see here
    because this is the printer name.

    OK. Now sit in front of the Vista 64 computer:

    Start > Control Panel > Printers > Add printer > Add a local printer > Click
    on 'Create a new port' > 'Local Port' > 'Next'.

    The port name will look like this: \\Computer name\printer name

    So enter the names already retrieved, ensuring that you use the same format,
    then click 'OK'.

    At this point, you will be presented with the 'Add New Hardware' process.
    You can either select the make and model of your printer from the lists or
    insert your printer installation disk if you can't find yours. The printer
    will be added, and you should be able to print a test page.
    Mike Hall - MVP, Jul 30, 2009
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