6 Appendix A: Product Behavior
The information in this specification is applicable to the following Microsoft products or supplemental software. References to product versions include released service packs.
Windows 2000 operating system
Windows XP operating system
Windows Server 2003 operating system
Windows Vista operating system
Windows Server 2008 operating system
Windows 7 operating system
Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system
Windows 8 operating system
Windows Server 2012 operating system
Windows 8.1 operating system
Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system
Windows 10 operating system
Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview operating system
Exceptions, if any, are noted below. If a service pack or Quick Fix Engineering (QFE) number appears with the product version, behavior changed in that service pack or QFE. The new behavior also applies to subsequent service packs of the product unless otherwise specified. If a product edition appears with the product version, behavior is different in that product edition.
Unless otherwise specified, any statement of optional behavior in this specification that is prescribed using the terms SHOULD or SHOULD NOT implies product behavior in accordance with the SHOULD or SHOULD NOT prescription. Unless otherwise specified, the term MAY implies that the product does not follow the prescription.
<1> Section 188.8.131.52: Windows Server operating system looks at the driver name specified by the client and performs an exact string comparison to find the matching printer driver on the server. The matching printer driver might not be available on the server for various reasons. If the matching printer driver is not available, the server cannot reliably load an appropriate printer driver, and it fails to redirect the printer. This is an early design limitation, which was fixed for Windows Server 2008.
For printer redirection in Windows Server operating systems (this is not supported in Windows Server 2003), XPS-based drivers are recommended. When a client supports the XPS format (that is, the RDPDR_PRINTER_ANNOUNCE_FLAG_XPSFORMAT flag is set in the Client Device List Announce Request (section 184.108.40.206) message), Windows implementations use the terminal server–specific XPS-capable printer driver and ignore the DriverName field.
<2> Section 220.127.116.11: XPS Mode is not supported for Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003.
<3> Section 18.104.22.168.2: Windows has the option of using XPS format or not, based on group policy that instructs the implementation to use the XPS format or a matching printer driver.