Install 32Bit Printer Driver to all 32 Bit Windows OS Client Machine

This article applies to all Windows Server OS. To push out a 32bit driver to all 32 bit client machines, follow the simple steps below:

  1. A dialog box will appear showing x64 and x86. Check x86 and click Ok
  2. Click on Sharing tab and at the bottom, select Additional Drivers
  3. Download a 32bit printer driver from the manufacturer website. Do not download the full software package as this will install both drivers and the printer software, which you don’t want on the server. Download only the printer driver
  4. After the driver has finished downloading, create a new folder either on C Drive, Documents or anywhere you prefer and share the folder.
  5. Launch the driver and a wizard will appear telling you where to extract the files. Click on browse and select the new folder that you have selected and click on extract
  6. Once the files has been extracted, go any Windows 32bit client machine and log in to Windows
  7. Launch Run command by pressing ctrl+R or simply clicking on start run and type mmc. After few minutes, MMC snap-in dialog box will appear.
  8. From the MMC, launch Print Management by clicking on File -> Add/Remove Snapin
  9. Scroll down until you see Print Management and click add
  10. After, a dialog box appear asking you to enter a printer server IP address. Enter the IP address of the server (or click on browse and select the server), which the printer is installed on and click add to list. The printer server will be displayed under Print Servers. Click Finish and press OK on the add/remove snap-In dialog box.
  11. On the main MMC on the left hand pane, expand print server and expand the server name or IP address of the server, expand printers and you will see list of printers.
  12. Select the printer you want to add the 32bit driver and right click on it and select properties
  13. Another dialog box will appear informing you to browse to the location of the driver. Click on browse.
  14. In the File Name, browse to the location of the print driver folder by typing the UAC path (\\servername\sharefolder)
  15. You will see the print folders and all the contents of the print folder. Search for INF file, which is a driver file. You can search for this file by clicking on all the folders or type *.inf in the search box.
  16. Select the INF file and click Open and Click OK. If you click on Addition Drivers again, you will now see the x86 being checked. Press Close.
  17. Close Print Management MMC without saving as you don’t need it anymore.
  18. In the run command, navigate to the printer server by typing \\servername and you will see the list of printers
  19. Double click on the printer, which x86 driver was installed and the drivers for that printer will be installed on the computer.
  20. Assuming you have printers allocated to computers in the GPO, you can uninstall the printer from that computer and reboot the machine for the drivers to automatically install.


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About Sumit Patel

I am Sumit and I am very passionate about IT and I like to share my skills and knowledge to everyone with IT related problems. I have made this site to help IT technician resolve issues very quickly by following short instruction guides. I have started my IT career back in 2012 working as a contractor. While I was contracting, I was studying and passed few exams. The latest exam I have passed was first part of Microsoft MCSE 2012 R2 series and now I am preparing for Cisco exam to gain hands experience with the networking side of things.

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