Installing the Printer Driver on the Server

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

If some client computers do not support the Terminal Services Easy Print driver, you can install matching printer drivers on the terminal server.

If the printer driver that is installed on the client computer is an OEM driver, and a driver is available from the printer's manufacturer, replace the OEM driver with the driver that is available from the printer’s manufacturer. If you are installing a non-Microsoft driver, make sure that the driver is a Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL)-signed driver.


After you install a printer driver, terminal server clients must log off and then log on to the terminal server before the printer driver change takes effect.

To install the printer driver, use either of the following methods. To perform these procedures, you must have membership in the local Administrators group, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.

  • Method 1: Run the printer's Setup program to install the printer driver .inf file on the terminal server.

  • Method 2: Install the printer driver by using the Add Printer Driver Wizard.

To install the printer driver by using the Add Printer Driver Wizard

  1. On the terminal server, click Start.

  2. In the Start Search box, type control printers and then press ENTER.

  3. On the File menu, click Server Properties.

  4. On the Drivers tab, click Add, and then follow the instructions in the Add Printer Driver Wizard to install the printer driver .inf file.