JSI Tip 2433. How do I obtain downlevel print drivers for my Windows 2000 Professional 'print server'?

If you are using Windows 2000 Professional as a print server and you have downlevel clients (Windows NT, Windows 95/98), you need to locate and install these downlevel client print drivers.

The best resource is the Windows 2000 Server CD-ROM, which contains all the Windows 2000 drivers, Windows NT 4.0 SP5 drivers (\Printers\NT4), and the Windows 95/98 drivers (\Printers\Win9x).

The Windows 2000 Server CD-ROM also contains Fixprnsv.exe:

" This program is a powerful tool for working with printer driver issues on Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000-based print servers. Fixprnsv.exe can help you resolve printer driver incompatibility issues, as well as perform an on the fly replacement of printer drivers that are known to have problems. Fixprnsv.exe replaces incompatible or problem printer drivers with Microsoft provided printer drivers. Fixprnsv.exe will not install drivers for printers that are not already configured on the print server".

Fixprnsv.exe is located in Printers\Fixprnsv and supports the following switches:

/? - Help.

/diag - scans the computer for incompatible print drivers, but makes no changes.

/fix - If run on a Windows NT 4.0 print server, Windows 2000 client can download appropriate drivers. When run on a Windows 2000-based computer, any incompatible Windows NT 4.0 printer drivers will be replaced.

/q - Quiet Mode suppress user prompting but does display messages.

NOTE If you don't use the /diag or /fix switch, Windows NT 4.0 drivers and installed.

NOTE: If run on a cluster, you should pause all nodes first and run it on all nodes.

NOTE: A Fixprnsv.log file is recorded in %Windir%.

NOTE: Backup, as there is no rollback option.

NOTE: Windows 2000 automatically blocks the installation of print drivers that had know problems, so get the newest version of Windows 2000 print drivers from the manufacturer.

If you don't have a Windows 2000 Server CD-ROM, you can get Windows NT 4.0 drivers from the latest Service Pack CD-ROM (\Printer).

You can extract W9x drivers from the .cab files.


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