How to get an *inf file out of a printer driver setup exe?

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How to get an *inf file out of a printer driver setup exe?

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An HP OfficeJet 6950 printer has a monolithic .exe file which installs all the drivers for (say) a 32-bit Windows system.

I also need the 64-bit drivers available on this 32-bit PC, so that Remote Desktop (from, say, a 64-bit laptop) can make use of them. In Devices and Printers -> That Printer -> Sharing -> Advanced I tick the box in front of x64 drivers, whereupon it asks me to point to an .inf file in the 64-bit drivers folder.

How can I get this file and folders for a 64-bit system?
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Have you tried running the 'monolithic .exe' file on a 64-bit PC to see if installs them, ready for copying them to the 32-bit PC?
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There are separate files shown for [full-system and drivers-only] [32-bit and 64bit] [for several versions of Windows].
I had installed the 64-bit Windows 7 full-system version on the 64-bit laptop, and the 32-bit Windows 7 drivers-only version on the PC.

You say "ready for copying to the 32-bit PC" - all I get, as far as I can see, is a series of C:\Program Files\HP\... folders (on the 32-bit PC) ; I presume the same for the 64-bit laptop, which I don't have easy access to.

I didn't see any sign of an option to "just expand monolithic.exe into a set of source installation folders which contain the relevant .inf file", from which setup.exe could be run...
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How about using something like 7-Zip to try to see inside the .exe and then extracting just the file(s) you want?

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Thanks, Ken - that looks promising! Just have to choose the correct .inf file...
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Hmmm Less promising, since every one tried gives an error message.
More investigation needed...
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John Gray wrote:Hmmm Less promising, since every one tried gives an error message.
More investigation needed...
I downloaded a file OJ6950__Full_WebPack_1094.exe and opened it with WinRAR no problem. It contains five .INF files.

BUT good luck in discovering the one you need ... if it is there at all. I had the same issue trying to build a WinPE boot disk incorporating drivers for my USB mirror backup. Kept wanting an INF file, but none seemed to exist on my PC, nor as a download on the manufacturer's site. I had to buy a second ATA drive installed in the box so the mirror could actually be seen by something at boot-up!

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BTW, 7-Zip also opened it, so maybe you have a corrupted .EXE if this is the file you're talking about?

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Thanks, Alan - I tried the same file that you did (plus the Drivers-only one), and got the same .inf files. From Devices and Printers ... Additional Drivers, [x] x64, I tried all the .inf files, especially the most likely largest one, but got an error message every time (which I should have written down). I'm going to have to Google this message, and try the HP Community Forum, but spent an hour yesterday trying to register but failing...
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I talked to an HP Technical Support chap on the phone, and after a lot of faffing about he said that it shouldn't be necessary to get the 64-bit drivers to copy to the 32-bit PC, because "they are all the same anyway"! The printing should just work...

An alternative explanation was that it isn't possible, because of upward compatibility, which works 32 -> 64, but not downward compatibility, 64 -> 32.

Consequently I am probably going to have to make another 90-mile round trip to test this out, some time next week...
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Device drivers are still as much fun as back in the day ... when you had to get a different printer driver for each application, only to discover a virus on the floppy it took you 2 weeks to hunt down. Some things stay the same. :sad:

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