Hello AskPerf! Welcome to day 12 of our Launch Series. Today we are going to take a look at what’s new in Printing with Windows 8!
With Windows 8, we have redesigned the printer driver model; it has remained relatively unchanged since the introduction of Version 3 or V3 drivers in Windows 2000. The v3 model relies heavily on OEMs to produce customized drivers for each specific device to make sure that specific features of each print device can be accessed by Windows applications. Managing a printing infrastructure using the v3 driver model requires the administrator to manage a large number of drivers, and to manage drivers on client machines as well as servers, resulting in the requirement to manage both 32-bit and 64-bit print drivers to support both of these client architectures.
V4 Model Overview
The version 4 print driver model provides a simple but flexible management experience. Some of the benefits of version 4 drivers are:
Using the version 4 driver model, OEMs can provide Print Class Drivers that support features that are common to a broad set of devices that use the same printer description language, such as PCL, PS, or XPS. Print Class Drivers also provide the following benefits:
Version 4 print drivers can be distributed via Windows Update or Windows Software Update Services (WSUS), but are not distributed to print clients from the print server.
Printer Sharing Changes
Printer Sharing has been updated in Windows 8 as well, primarily to meet demands of modern users and to support the new Driver Model.
Previously, we relied on both server and client machines to use identical drivers. If you have ever had to manage a print server with x64 and x86 print drivers, you know this can be difficult to get working. Sometimes driver versions may be incompatible and cause client connection errors, or errors when establishing connections.
With the new v4 driver model and the sharing implementation that it supports, the goal is to make the end-user and administrative experience as easy as possible.
The new features that define the changes that were made are summarized here:
With the new changes that arrive with Enhanced Point and Print and the new v4 Printer Driver Model in Windows 8 and Server 2012, printing is about to be much easier for administrators and more trouble free for end users! Thanks for reading, and we hope you enjoy Windows 8. For more in-depth information, please see the following TechNet article:
Print and Document Services Architecture
In tomorrow’s post, we’ll take a look at Printing within Windows 8.
-AskPerf blog Team