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How to share old printer drivers from Windows Server 2003

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October 16, 2013 6:17:40 AM

I am setting up three more computers for my office. They run windows 7. The printer manufacturer has stopped making new drivers for Windows 7. Yet, some other computers in the office are running drivers for this printer and they have windows 7 installed! How can this be? I think it must have something to do with Windows Server 2003 which is what is running our server. However, I have no experience with Windows Server...Please help!
a b $ Windows 7
a b \ Driver
October 16, 2013 6:21:33 AM

It depends on where the drivers are installed. Are the windows 7 boxes running a local printer with local drivers, or are they using a shared(network) printer shared out on the server?
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October 16, 2013 6:25:03 AM

ss202sl said:
It depends on where the drivers are installed. Are the windows 7 boxes running a local printer with local drivers, or are they using a shared(network) printer shared out on the server?


It is a shared network. I have tried to install it using the windows setup, but it always fails, because the new computers cannot download the new drivers. The weird thing is that other Windows 7 Computers do have these drivers installed.
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a b $ Windows 7
a b \ Driver
October 16, 2013 6:32:44 AM

Browse to the server, (\\servername\) and it should give you a list of shared printers. Right click the printer, and select install. It should connect the printer, and install drivers(from the server).
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October 16, 2013 6:41:54 AM

ss202sl said:
Browse to the server, (\\servername\) and it should give you a list of shared printers. Right click the printer, and select install. It should connect the printer, and install drivers(from the server).


OK I checked the server and I cannot see the printers, only the fax. so what I'm thinking is that they are installed and shared from one of the PCs in the accounting office. But, when I try to connect to those printers it still fails. Would it be better to install all the drivers on the server?
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a b $ Windows 7
a b \ Driver
October 16, 2013 7:36:00 AM

probably. most businesses share it out on the server. one reason is that servers don't usually ever get turned off, and this allows desktops to print whenever they need to.
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October 16, 2013 7:38:11 AM

ss202sl said:
probably. most businesses share it out on the server. one reason is that servers don't usually ever get turned off, and this allows desktops to print whenever they need to.


OK I will try to share via the server. Good point about the server, because one of the PCs I am swapping out is the accounting PC where the printers are hosted. I will give you an update in a couple of hours.
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October 16, 2013 10:41:23 AM

ss202sl said:
probably. most businesses share it out on the server. one reason is that servers don't usually ever get turned off, and this allows desktops to print whenever they need to.


I got the server to successfully share the printer as a remote printer but still connecting a new Windows 7 machine is troubling because they still try to install the drivers. Am I doing something wrong on the server end?

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a b $ Windows 7
a b \ Driver
October 17, 2013 4:35:56 AM

If you look on the server at the printer properties there is a way to install additional drivers. These additional drivers allow different OS machines(XP, Win7, Win8) to connect and get the right drivers from the server. The manufacturer should have these drivers - sometimes there is 1 driver that can be installed to support multiple OS types.

You should be able to browse to the server, connect to a printer, and get the correct drivers to install from the server.
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October 17, 2013 6:00:48 AM

ss202sl said:
If you look on the server at the printer properties there is a way to install additional drivers. These additional drivers allow different OS machines(XP, Win7, Win8) to connect and get the right drivers from the server. The manufacturer should have these drivers - sometimes there is 1 driver that can be installed to support multiple OS types.

You should be able to browse to the server, connect to a printer, and get the correct drivers to install from the server.


Yes I noticed this, when I scrolled through the list there was no mention of Windows 7 drivers. The manufacturer has also mentioned that they stopped making the drivers. I'm still bothered by the fact that the OKI is set up on Windows 7 machines. Everything tells me that this should impossible! It seems like someone custom made a driver for these specific computers that already have the OKI installed. Could that be the case?
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a b $ Windows 7
a b \ Driver
October 17, 2013 8:21:05 AM

Probably not. There might be an old driver out there somewhere. What model printer is it?
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October 17, 2013 10:38:25 AM

ss202sl said:
Probably not. There might be an old driver out there somewhere. What model printer is it?


It is an old OKI b6100.
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