Universal Print Driver is also compatible with printer or multi-function printers (MFP) that use PCL6 or PostScript language, which means different devices from different manufacturers can be accessed in a single driver.
If you are running a Samba print server for Windows clients, you can upload drivers and preconfigure printers. If a user connects to a printer on the Samba server, Windows automatically downloads the driver and installs it locally. The user does not require local administrator permissions for the installation. Additionally, Windows applies preconfigured driver settings, such as paper sizes and the number of trays.
To provide driver for both architectures, you must upload 32-bit and 64-bit drivers that uses exactly the same name for both architectures. For example, if you are uploading the 32-bit HP Universal Printing PS driver and the 64-bit HP Universal Printing PS (v5.5.0) driver for Windows, the driver names are different and cannot be used and preconfigured for the same printer.
Using the default setting, Samba reports itself as Windows NT x86 architecture. Thus, 64-bit drivers stored on this print server can only be assigned to a printer if additionally a 32-bit driver with exactly the same name is uploaded. Otherwise, Windows does not display the driver in the list displayed in the printer's properties when assigning the driver.
To avoid installing malicious drivers from untrusted sources, Windows asks you if you trust the print server when you preconfigure a printer or when a user installs a printer. Create a group policy object (GPO) to trust the Samba print server and work around the known issues introduced by the Windows print spooler security update:
If the administrator preconfigured the driver on the print server, users connecting to the printer getting automatically the settings applied as default. Preconfigured settings are applied automatically to all driver platforms for the printer, if drivers for multiple architectures are installed on the server. For details, see 32-bit and 64-bit Drivers.
CUPS printer drivers and backends are deprecated and will no longer besupported in a future feature release of CUPS. Printers that do notsupport IPP can be supported using applications such asippeveprinter(1).
This answer demonstrates how to install the driver for your printer using the Mac operating Big Sur. The version of macOS used in the answer is 11.6.1. This answer was also tested using macOS Monterey 12.1 with success. However, the procedures and results were slightly different.
When a HP printer is added to the list shown in Printers & Scanners pain of the System Preferences application, the driver chosen by default may not be the newest of the available versions. A newer driver version may be obtained by selecting the driver while manually adding the printer.
I chose Select Software... for \"Use:\" to cause the Printer Software popup to appear, as shown below. Note, the Office Pro 8600 was not listed. Therefore, if I added this printer, the driver from 2011 iMac would have been used. I desired instead to get the driver from HP. At this point, I closed all windows.
The printer driver version can be determined by first opening the Printer & Scanners pane of System Preferences. Next, highlight Officejet Pro 8600 @ Marlin in the Printers list, then select the Open Print Queue... button. Finally, select the setting (gear) button to view the driver version under the General tab, as shown below. The print driver version is 4.1.1.
To switch to the print driver version which was downloaded and installed when the HP Easy Start application was executed, the Officejet Pro 8600 @ Marlin printer would have to be removed from the list, then manually added back in. To insure the print driver downloaded from HP is used, you have select the driver when manually adding the printer, as shown below.
The driver installer file automatically installs the PCL6 driverfor your printer. This is a driver-only software solution intendedfor users who want a print driver to use with their HP device. Thissoftware installation can be used on PC's which do not meet theminimum system requirements necessary to install the Full Featuredsoftware solution. This IS NOT a full software solution.
The full solution software includes everything you need toinstall your HP printer. This collection of software includes thecomplete set of drivers, installer software, and otheradministrative tools found on the printer's software CD.NOTE: 1e1e36bf2d