Printer driver and O/S incompatability problem

  Footloose1949 00:25 AM 03 Sep 12
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I have an Mitubishi CP3020DA Dye-sub printer for which there is NOT available a Win 7 64-bit printer driver, and I currently using a HP Pavilion desktop PC using the 64-bit version of Win7. I have yet to find a Win7 32-bit driver. I do however, have a Vista O/S disk. As things stand, I have to save any image files I wish to print onto a USB memory stick, fire up my laptop which runs Vista and print out my image files via that ... Needless to say this is inconvenient and also time-consuming. I am therefore looking for a PC that can run Win7 AND Vista. Changing to another printer is NOT an option as this dye-sub printer offers better image quality and printing speed (16-bit and less than 20 seconds print output time) that an inkjet printer. Can I run Vista and Win7 on the same PC, do I need to get a 32-bit version of Win7 for better compatibility, and will that run on a PC originally set up to run the 64-bit version?

  KRONOS the First 05:05 AM 03 Sep 12

Have you tried installing the Vista driver on the Windows 7 PC?

As to your other suggestion I assume you are talking about dual booting Vista with Windows 7,if so it does not matter of which version,32 or 64BIT you choose as they will be complete separate from each other. This set up would still require a restart of your PC to use Vista and thereby use your printer. I think it is worth trying my earlier suggestion and try the Vista driver with Windows 7.

  onthelimit1 08:59 AM 03 Sep 12

As Chronus says, it is worth trying the Vista driver on W7 if you have one - many of them are compatible as W7 is loosly based on Vista

  hastelloy 16:53 PM 03 Sep 12

Agree with the above - I have a print server for which there isn't any W7 driver but the Vista driver works perfectly.

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