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When installing additional printer 32-bit drivers fails on Windows 7 64-bit I get the error “Selected printer driver not found”, what should I do?

I've successfully installed Windows 7 (x64) and drivers for my HP Color LaserJet 2600n, and have no problem printing with this setup.

There is another PC in the network running XP SP3, and I want to share the printer so that users of that PC can also print.

On W7 I have the option of installing additional printer drivers for other system architectures (Itanium and x86). I've downloaded the most current 32-bit drivers for the printer, but every time I direct the install dialog to the folder containing the drivers, I get the following error message:

Selected printer driver not found

The specified location does not contain the driver for the requested processor architecture.

Retry Cancel

I'm stumped. I'm absolutely certain that the specified location actually does contain the correct drivers; I've even installed them on the XP system.

I've tried everything I can think of. What am I overlooking?

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marked as duplicate by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Nifle, random Sep 17 '11 at 1:52

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The long and short of it (covered in the dupe I suggested) is you have to ensure that both the 32-bit and 64-drivers refer to the printer by the same name/model, so that Windows can associate them to the same printer. So if you haven't already, go get the latest printer driver from HP for both bit-levels; you may have better luck with this by using the HP Universal Print Driver (if it supports that printer). –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Sep 12 '11 at 16:46

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Windows needs a inf file to read to install the drivers.

Often I just keep clicking through the directories til I find it. If that isn't possible and the printer requires a proprietary installer, there is an alternative.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732946.aspx

This specific articles involves installing the drivers on an x86 OS, like on XP mode and then using Print Management to upload them onto the print server, which would be your WIn7 machine.

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