Sheridan (1st June 2011)
Installing Windows Vista Print Drivers on Windows Server 2003 - Ask the Performance Team - Site Home - TechNet Blogs
The above seems similar to the windows 7 one I posted above although had a post on experts exchange stating the method above worked ( shrugs )
Another thread is stating to delete registry keys that are mentioned in the error
Headache Time Trying to Install HP LaserJet 2015
Think im grasping at straws now as im out of ideas
Sheridan (1st June 2011)
I think something must be wrong at the client end. I installed the Windows 7 x64 drivers onto the client using the RSAT tool. I also installed it onto the print server in the same way.
When try to get the properties of the printer (that is shared) on the server on RSAT it tells me the drivers aren't installed and asks do I want to install them now. It does this every time I try and get the properties,whether I install the drivers or not.
I can't seem to add Additional drivers at the server end either - it always asks you to browse for an .inf file - but I can't get this file as the driver is the Windows 7 inbuilt one!
This is going to be a major headache for us if we can't use our print server with 32/64bit Windows 7. Another black mark against Win7! If we add the printers manually using the IP address then the print server is not used - not much good for us.
setup.exe -a or setup.exe -x
setup.msi /a or setup.msi /x
same for the exe files ref using a forward slash and either a or x ie
setup.exe /a or setup.exe /x
Obviously depending on what made the msi or exe depends on how its extracted, I have also found using 7 zip, winrar , or just renaming the exe to a zip file extension and extracting the items out of the exe sometimes works.
I have always found PCL 6 drivers to be very buggy - just having a look myself to see if there is any PCL 5 drivers or anything other then PCL 6 at least
As per synacks link - there is a PCL 5 version so I would use that for both the server and client - same way as before ( RSAT )
Could be the install method, when we went Win7 we had to scrap a bunch of the old logon stuff and move to vbs which solved the mapping issues we were having. I know it is possible, we had 10 hp printers hung off a 2003 server for most of the time we had Vistax32 and x64.
seconded for moving to vbs. did that with all may scripts a while back. print drivers, particuarly HP recently are the bane of my life.
I get the the same problems running the command directly on the client as well though. I'm trying to get 32/64bit PCL5 drivers and try them out as well.
Right I'm making some progress here! And I think the reason I've found for the failure is pretty ridiculous!
The printers are HP 2055 and 2025 models. Installing the x64 drivers on the server seeme to work ok but the crucial difference seems to be that the driver name for the 32bit version is "HP Laserjet P2055 Series PCL 6" and the 64bit version is "HP Laserjet P2055 Series PCL6".
Yep - that space seems to cause the problems! When I finally managed to get the HP Universal Printing PCL6 driver installed on the server and specified that it works - mainly becuase both the x86 and x64 versions have EXACTLY the same name.
I'll have to test how the universal print driver works on colour laserjets etc but this is a really stupid reason for driver to fail to install! I can't even change the driver name to compensate.
Thanks to all for your input - I'm going to test this out further now.
That was the thing I was stuck on - I had exactly the same version drivers for both 32 and 64 bit - I just hadn't noticed at the server end that there was a space in the name. I knew the 64 drivers worked locally but not on the server.
I might try and edit the .inf file to remove the space - only problem with that is the 64 bit drivers provided by HP are the UPD, yet Windows 7 seems to have its own 64 bit drivers for them, hence the confusion!
Plus I just couldn't get the PCL 6 UPD drivers to install on the server, I had to do that at the Win7 client and use the RSAT tools to install onto the server.
I cant recall if it was a case of putting the space in for both of them or removing the space between the PCL and the 6 ??
Hopefully it works
I'm stuck with the UPD for these printers I think - I can only get the specific 64 bit driver on a Win7 machine so I don't know where the relevant inf files are.
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