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Windows 7 has a feature to store printer drivers on the same computer where printer is located. When user on client computer tries to open it, windows automatically downloads driver and installs it.

I have Windows 7 x64 with Epson AL-C1100 connected to it. There are no Epson drivers for Windows 7 for this printer, but during system installation Windows installed some Microsoft drivers.

Now I wish to share this printer for Windows XP notebook.

When I am trying to open the printer from XP, I see that there is no appropriate driver on Win7. So, I am trying to install it.

When I am pressing addition drivers button in printer properties dialog, I see a list of processor architectures. x64 is selected, Itanium and x86 are not. If I am trying to select x86, it asks for disk location. Epson drivers for this printer for windows XP do not match.

What does it want?

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I've run into this problem with no clear solution. The workaround for me on an HP printer was to find drivers for a different printer that worked on both XP and Seven, but still understood my printer. – Resorath Feb 19 '12 at 9:51
Why not install the XP drivers for the epson on the XP notebook? – Moab Feb 19 '12 at 19:03
Yes I did so; but the question is what windows is asking for and how to give her existing drivers? – Dims Feb 21 '12 at 19:38

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