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Adding Additional Printer Drivers

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

By adding additional drivers to your print server, you can support clients that are running various versions of the Windows operating systems. It is preferable to use Version 3 drivers rather than Version 2 drivers as your primary drivers, because Version 2 drivers can cause the system to become unstable or stop responding. However, you might need to use Version 2 drivers as additional drivers if you support clients running Windows NT 4.0. If your server has known bad drivers when it is upgraded, those drivers are deleted during the upgrade process. Any additional drivers that are added must have the same name as the primary driver unless they are Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Millennium Edition drivers.


  • With Windows Server 2003, you no longer need to install printer drivers on each node of a cluster. The drivers automatically propagate to the other nodes of the cluster after they are installed on the virtual server.

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