XPS Print Server (when no Vista x64 printer driver is available)

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Printing / Faxing / Scanning' started by DigmasterG, May 7, 2007.

  1. DigmasterG

    DigmasterG Guest


    I have a Vista Ultimate 64-bit machine connected to my network. My LAN
    printer is an HP Color LaserJet 2600n. That LaserJet model uses host-based
    printing such that the exact printer driver is essential, and unfortunately,
    there's no Vista x64 support for that printer.

    What I would like to do is to use a print server running Windows XP that
    does have the correct LaserJet driver installed. But I still need some way
    for the Vista x64 machine to send jobs to the print server. Ideally, I want
    to be able to print to XPS print path on the remote print server and let it
    convert to the printer-specific format, using something like shared printer
    feature. Is this possible? Does such a service exist? (generic remote XPS to
    GDI conversion)

    Right now I manually do this by using the print to XPS feature in Vista and
    opening the XPS file in the Windows XP machine's Internet Explorer and
    printing from there, which works, but is extremely tedious. If there's any
    way to automate the printing of XPS files in Windows XP, that might be a
    reasonable workaround as well.

    DigmasterG, May 7, 2007
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