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Windows 7: More HP 4250 Printer Hell -- An RDP horror story.

25 Jul 2012   #1

Various flavors of Windows XP, Win7 32- and 64-bit
More HP 4250 Printer Hell -- An RDP horror story.

I come to the well of knowledge...

From the looks of some of the threads here, the HP LaserJet 4250 has been the bane of some folks' existence. Add me to the list.

I have a Windows 7 64-bit machine that connects to a Windows 2003R2 (32-bit) terminal server via RDP. The HP 4250 printer in question here (USB-connected) was automatically set up by Windows as an "HP LaserJet 4250 PCL5" using the Win7 built-in drivers and works fine locally.

However, I am unable to find a compatible 32-bit driver for this printer to install on the terminal server that will allow me to connect to the printer from the RDP session. The 32-bit drivers available from HP are PCL5e or PCL6 and are not compatible with the Win7 built-in driver. And, the only built-in Windows 2003R2 driver for this printer is PCL6!

Further, I cannot get Windows 7 to accept an alternative driver. When I plug in the printer's USB cable, Win7 automatically finds it and forces me to use the built-in driver. Win7 will also not let me install an updated driver; it says that the currently installed driver is the best and most current.

I'm at a stand-still here. Any ideas how to get around this.


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21 Mar 2013   #2
Nina Denial

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

There is third-party solution: Printer for Remote Desktop from FabulaTech. it supports mixed 32/64-bit environment and doesn't need to have any drivers installed on the server.

Printer for Remote Desktop - redirect printer to RDP or Citrix session
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