Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Me Print Drivers Are Removed If You Upgrade from Windows NT to Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition

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SYMPTOMS

If you upgrade from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to either Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition or Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, printer drivers from the following operating systems may no longer be displayed on the Sharing tab of the Printer properties:
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows 98
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me)
Additionally, you may receive a message that states that there are drivers that are installed that may be incompatible with either Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition or Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition. This warning message indicates that the installation process will remove any drivers for Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Me from the computer before the upgrade is completed.

CAUSE

This behavior occurs if the drivers are not compatible with either Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition or Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition. This behavior helps prevent instability issues from occurring with these server operating systems.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this behavior, install compatible printer drivers for Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Me from either the Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition or Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition CD. These drivers are located in the Printers\Win9x folder.

STATUS

This behavior is by design.

Properties

Article ID: 315285 - Last Review: December 3, 2007 - Revision: 6.4
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition
Keywords: 
kbbug kbnofix kbupgrade KB315285

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