Installing a 32 bit printer driver on Windows Server 2008 R2

The Windows Server 2008 R2 is a 64 bit system. 32 bit isn’t supported anymore by Microsoft Servers from this version on. If you want to install a 32 bit printer driver this can’t done as easy as with previous versions. But what to do, if you have 32 bit Windows clients in your network and you need to print on these clients, too? Many companies are still having 32 bit clients in their network so I’ll explain in this post, how you can fix this.

First you have to install the printer with the 64 bit driver on your Windows Server. I don’t explain this now, because I think, that it’s self-explanatory. Once you have installed your 64 bit driver you have to navigate to your just installed printer driver. Then right click on it and choose Properties. In the tab Sharing you can see the button Additional Drivers. Click on it.

Installing a 32 bit printer driver on Windows Server 2008 R2
Installing a 32 bit printer driver on Windows Server 2008 R2

A new Windows opens. On your system the check box x86 will not be checked because the 32 bit drive isn’t installed. Please click this check box. Another windows is opening. Within this you choose your 32 bit driver and then confirm by clicking OK. Maybe Windows doesn’t like the driver, because the manufacturer hasn’t signed it. In this case choose Install the driver anyway.

Installing a unsigned printer driver anyway
Installing a unsigned printer driver anyway

Windows now installs this driver and adds it to the printer server. Now you can use this printer from your 32 bit clients, too.

ATTENTION: if the driver isn’t for all Windows version (what is in general case nowadays) you have to repeat these steps for your other Windows versions, too.

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