Thursday, June 3, 2010

32/64-bit NTPRINT.INF issues

When I tried to add 32-bit drivers to our 64-bit Windows Server 2008 print server (for sharing purposes), the driver installation process kept asking for an x86 (32-bit) NTPRINT.INF file.  I'm guessing it doesn't have this because it is a 64-bit server, but when I try to point it to the NTPRINT.INF file on a 32-bit server it still doesn't like it.

The fastest solution is as follows:
  • Log in as a print server Administrator on a 32-bit server (a 32-bit client machine might work also). 
  • Browse to your print server's UNC path (\\printserver).
  • Open the Printers and Faxes share.
  • Right click on the printer you wish to add 32-bit drivers to and click Properties.
  • From this point, add the drivers just as you normally would.  It shouldn't give you any NTPRINT.INF issues!


  1. You're a star, thanks!


  2. Sorted. Give that man a beer.

  3. Took me an afternoon but as soon as I found this, thank heavens! I'll buy you that beer any day ;) Thanks!

  4. This works the other way around as well --> 64 bit drivers loading on a 32 bit print server.