It is recommended that the Win2PDF printer be installed local to each PC
instead of accessing it as a shared printer. There are several limitations with the
shared printer implementation, which are:
�Win2PDF relies on some Windows components that are not available on all versions of
Windows servers or clients. The Win2PDF setup program checks for these
components, and installs them if necessary. If Win2PDF is installed using printer
sharing, there is no opportunity to check for these components and Win2PDF may not
function correctly if the components are missing. As such, users of Windows XP or
Windows Server 2003 will need to manually download and install the Microsoft XPS
Essentials Pack setup before connecting to the shared printer. It is available for
download from Microsoft's web site here:
Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 does not need to install this
separately as it is included with the core operating system.
�The Win2PDF Help files will not be installed for shared users. They will only have
access to the Win2PDF print driver, and not any of the help topics.
�Printer sharing relies on Windows installation and update mechanisms. Most printer
drivers use standard Microsoft port monitors, but Win2PDF uses a custom port. There
have been several reported bugs in the Windows printer sharing relating to printer
drivers with custom port monitors, and there are a large number of combinations of
Windows versions and service pack levels for the print server and clients (including
variations for 32 bit and 64 bit clients and servers). Only some combinations are
tested with Win2PDF, and based on past experience there may be problems with
other combinations. Since the installation and update process is handled entirely by
Windows, these issues can be difficult to isolate and troubleshoot.
In contrast, when Win2PDF is installed directly on each PC, the installer detects the
operating system and CPU architecture and installs the correct version of the print
driver along with any other necessary files. It is not necessary to install the Microsoft
XPS Essentials Pack separately. Also the help files will be installed locally, and there
aren't any issues with updates due to the custom port.
For these reasons, we strongly encourage deployment as a local printer install instead
of printer sharing. To ease deployment concerns, for orders of 50 licenses or more we
provide a pre-registered volume license installer. This -- together with the silent install
options -- is the preferred way of deploying Win2PDF to a large number of PCs.
No, Win2PDF does not support Windows 95/98/ME.
Win2PDF 7 installs as a print driver, and this print driver only works with Windows XP,
Windows Vista, Server 2003, Server 2008, and Windows 7.
Win2PDF 7 uses some features of Windows that are not available in Windows NT and
Windows 2000. Win2PDF 3.5 is still supported and does work with Windows NT and