Managing 32 bit and 64 bit Architectures

How to add x86 (32 bit) Print Drivers on a x64 (64 bit) Windows Print Server

Note: Both x86 and x64 drivers MUST have the same name. If they have the same name, they will appear automatically in Additional drivers for both architectures in the Printer's sharing properties.

Create and share a print queue on x64 Windows Print Server

  1. Login to the Windows Print Server with Administrator account (Domain/ Local).
  2. Click on Start > Control Panel > Hardware.
  3. Click on Add a Printer and follow the steps to install the printer.
  4. Download the 32 bit version of the printer driver, from the Printer manufacturer's driver site.
  5. Next, right-click the Printer name and choose Printer Properties.
  6. Click the Sharing tab.
  7. Click on Additional Drivers.
  8. Select x86 Type 3 - User Mode.
  9. When prompted, provide the location of the 32 bit printer driver that was downloaded.

How to add x64 (64 bit) Print Drivers on a x86 (32 bit) Windows Print Server

Create and share a print queue on x86 Windows Print Server

  1. Login to the Windows Print Server with Administrator account (Domain/ Local).
  2. Click on Start > Control Panel > Hardware.
  3. Click on Add a Printer and follow the steps to install the printer.
  4. Download the 64 bit version of the printer driver, from the Printer manufacturer's driver site.
  5. Next, right-click the Printer name and choose Printer Properties.
  6. Click the Sharing tab.
  7. Click on Additional Drivers.
  8. Select x64 Type 3 - User Mode.
  9. When prompted, provide the location of the 64 bit printer driver that was downloaded.
Last modified: Friday, 19 July 2019, 9:07 AM