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    Try con2prt.exe
    I don't think that's going to be able to guess where the win7 drivers are either

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    Looks like I might be back to using AutoIt

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    I've always found con2prt fine with drivers, the only issue has ever been getting a box up to install the driver..

    from what I've gathered it queries the computer hosting the shared printer and literally, just pulls the driver..
    Even worked yesterday sharing a photocopier from server2008 64bit to a win 7 32bit client, just had to add the 32 bit drivers on the server

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    You still need to add the drivers to the server. There is no seporate driver for 7, just a 32 and 64bit windows driver, go to the printer vendor sire and get the latest driver for the latest OS, 2008 r2 or 7 64bit and 7 32 bit and then extract them.

    Go to the printer in question on the server and go to its properties, go to the advanced tab and click the new driver button, find the extracted driver files and point to them, this will update the driver for the 32bit driver. It will take a while then click ok if the properties box is still up. reopen properties, sharing tab and click the additioal drivers button then tick x64 and point it to the 64bit version.

    Depending on how bad the drivers are from the vendor you may need to use vista/2008 drivers to support both 2003/xp and 7 as some vendors(brother) could not progra their way out of a paper bag reliably.

    edit: con2port is just an exe wrapper to the to the same printer apis that are used by most of the other methods, actually the older ones as it is from the windows NT resource kit. VBS, autoit and even direct dll calls are more reliable now as they use the updated APIs rather than the legacy ones.
    Last edited by SYNACK; 5th October 2011 at 03:30 PM.

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    There is no seporate driver for 7, just a 32 and 64bit windows driver, go to the printer vendor sire and get the latest driver for the latest OS, 2008 r2 or 7 64bit and 7 32 bit and then extract them.

    Go to the printer in question on the server and go to its properties, go to the advanced tab and click the new driver button, find the extracted driver files and point to them, this will update the driver for the 32bit driver. It will take a while then click ok if the properties box is still up. reopen properties, sharing tab and click the additioal drivers button then tick x64 and point it to the 64bit version.
    :-)
    Thats the bit I hadn't twigged - thanks very much

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