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Windows 7: 32-bit printer driver in XP mode

18 Oct 2009   #1

32-bit printer driver in XP mode

Printer is a Canon LBP5100 with 32-bit driver only.

Can I install a 32-bit printer driver in XP mode and gain the full driver usage (auto duplex) then use the Windows 7 64-bit inbuilt driver whilst in Windows 7, or is the driver shared between Windows 7 and XP mode?
In other words can I use the same printer in (Windows 7 + XP mode) but use two different drivers 64-bit in Windows 7 and the 32-bit in XP mode?

Hope this makes sense

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18 Oct 2009   #2

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi Bloater
I've added stuff AD NAUSEAM about sharing Printers between X-64 and X-86 systems (inc Windows XP). You can search the forums by my user id or by sharing printers topic to find.

Go into your XP system
Add LOCAL printer
Add new port Type LOCAL
Local port name \\yourw7machinename\printersharename

You'll get prompted to insert your disk to add the driver for your printer (the XP one) although if its a common printer the XP system will have it anyway.

Just make sure you enable Networking in your XP mode vm and have printer / file sharing enabled on the W7 system.

(Printer is the available on BOTH machines -- no shared drivers are necessary).

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