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Adding Printer Drivers to the Driver Repository

There are two ways to add drivers to the Printer Driver Repository.  You can add printer drivers using the Tools > Driver / Profile Repository page or by clicking on a TCP/IP Printer Object, and then the Drivers/Profile Repository tab.  After accessing the driver / profile tab or the driver repository see the below instructions for the driver upload instructions for the specific operating system.

Windows 2000 / XP / 2003

To upload drivers from an XP machine, click the Upload New Driver button and then follow the instructions below.
  • Upload an OEM driver included with Windows
    1. Click the Upload New Driver button, the Upload Driver dialog will automatically browse to and select C:\Windows\Inf\ntprint.inf, select the driver manufacturer and model that you want to upload into the Printer Driver Repository, and then click Next.  Notice the "Annotation String" input box at the bottom of the screen.  The program will add a default annotation string that describes the type of operating system it expects the driver to support.  If you are uploading a driver that already exists in the Printer Driver Repository with the same model name, you can change this value to allow both drivers to exist in the Printer Driver Repository.
    2. Check the selected operating systems to make sure they correctly selected and supported the driver.  The operating system selection on this screen determines what operating system driver drop down list the driver will be included in. Click Upload.
 
  • Upload a driver that has been downloaded from the printer manufacturers website
    1. Download the driver from the manufacturers website, extract it to a folder.
    2. From the printer drivers / profiles tab or the Tools > Driver / Profile Repository, click the Upload New Driver button, the Upload Driver dialog will automatically browse to and select C:\Windows\Inf\ntprint.inf.  Click Browse and select the *.inf file that you extracted in step 1, and then click Next.  Notice the "Annotation String" input box at the bottom of the screen.  The program will add a default annotation string that describes the type of operating system it expects the driver to support.  If you are uploading a driver that already exists in the Printer Driver Repository with the same model name, you can change this value to allow both drivers to exist in the Printer Driver Repository.
    3. Check the selected operating systems to make sure they correctly selected and supported the driver.  The operating system selection on this screen determines what operating system driver drop down list the driver will be included in. Click Upload.

Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008

To upload drivers, follow the instructions below.
  • Upload a driver that has been downloaded from the printer manufacturers website
    1. Download the driver from the manufacturers website, extract it to a folder.
    2. From the printer drivers / profiles tab or the Tools > Driver / Profile Repository, click the Upload New Driver button, the Upload Driver dialog will open.  Click Browse and select the *.inf file that you extracted in step 1, and then click Next.  Notice the "Annotation String" input box at the bottom of the screen.  The program will add a default annotation string that describes the type of operating system it expects the driver to support.  If you are uploading a driver that already exists in the Printer Driver Repository with the same model name, you can change this value to allow both drivers to exist in the Printer Driver Repository.
    3. Check the selected operating systems to make sure they correctly selected and supported the driver.  The operating system selection on this screen determines what operating system driver drop down list the driver will be included in. Click Upload.
  • Upload an OEM driver included with Windows There are two different types of OEM drivers that can be uploaded, driver store and inbox.

Driver Store: Driver store drivers are drivers that are not OEM and have been added to the operating system.  Driver store drivers can be found in the C:\Windows\system32\DriverStore\FileRepository folder. The best way to find which inf file you should select when upload a driver, is to do a search in the C:\Windows\system32\DriverStore\FileRepository folder for the driver model that you want to upload, and then select the inf after clicking the Upload Driver button in the Administrator. Note: Drivers added to a computer when selecting "Windows Update" are driver store drivers.

Inbox: Inbox drivers are drivers that come with the operating system.  If you specify an inbox driver, all computers getting printers that use this driver must have the inbox driver.  If the operating systems are the same, with the same updates, then the driver should be included.  Inbox drivers can be found in the C:\Windows\inf.  Printer driver inf file names start with prn, then a 2 character manufacturer identifier (hp for HP, br for brother, etc),  then a two digit number (prnhp01.inf).  The best way to find which inf file you should select when upload a driver, is to do a search in the c:\Windows\inf folder folder for the driver model that you want to upload, and then select the inf after clicking the Upload Driver button in the Administrator.

1.  Click the Upload New Driver button, the Upload Driver dialog will open.  Click Browse, then browse to the location of the type of driver you want to specify (see folder location above for driver store and inbox driver locations) the appropriate .inf file, select the driver manufacturer and model that you want to upload into the Printer Driver Repository, and then click Next.  Notice the "Annotation String" input box at the bottom of the screen.  The program will add a default annotation string that describes the type of operating system it expects the driver to support.  If you are uploading a driver that already exists in the Printer Driver Repository with the same model name, you can change this value to allow both drivers to exist in the Printer Driver Repository.

2.  Check the selected operating systems to make sure they correctly selected and supported the driver.  The operating system selection on this screen determines what operating system driver drop down list the driver will be included in. Click Upload.

Mac OS X

Currently, to upload Mac drivers into the Printer Installer database you will need to first install the driver on a Mac, then upload the installed driver from that Mac by doing the following:
  1. From the printer drivers / profiles tab or the Tools > Driver / Profile Repository, click the Upload New Driver button, the Upload Driver dialog will open. Select the desired driver and click Ok. If necessary, you can add additional search paths to find the driver. The driver and associated files will then be uploaded into the database.