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Printer Sharing Windows 7 64 and XP 32 Bit

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
January 15, 2012 8:54:04 PM

Is it possible to run a 32 bit printer from 64 bit Windoes 7?
January 15, 2012 9:06:49 PM

You mean for 32-bit clients to connect to a shared printer attached to a 64-bit machine? Yes. You have to go into the properties of the printer on the 64-bit machine though and add the 32-bit drivers. Under the Sharing tab of the printer properties, click the Additional drivers button.
a b $ Windows 7
January 15, 2012 9:27:16 PM

Assuming you are sharing out a Printer off an XP box...

I've tried what extreme suggests and it sometimes works.
Try this:
Load the full driver on the win7-64 machine...

Ensure the printer is properly shared on the XP machine with the permissions to allow Everybody "Full Control" and all the other permissions.

Use the UNC to get to the XP machine (ie \\xpbox from run command in Win7)

Double click on the printer icon that comes up.

then in the printer control box open the Printer Properties and do a test print.


Esle, Goto the printer's support site and get the best driver you can find... There may be a Vista 64 bit driver there...

Download it, right click, select Properties, then goto the Compatibility tab, then tell it to "Run this program..." as the version of the OS it was designed for...

Apply and OK out.

Right click on it and Run as Administrator...

With luck the code in it will be fooled enough to allow it to run and install...
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January 15, 2012 9:44:17 PM

Sorry, I wasn't clear.

I have a new computer with Windows 7, 64 bit.
I have an old printer, Canon MF3110, that works with Windows Vista, 32 bit.
Can I get the Canon printer to work with my new computer?
a b $ Windows 7
January 15, 2012 10:03:17 PM

... try my second option... It normally works... If not ask Canon support what their workaround is.