A print server’s performance gradually decreases after you add a shared printer to a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008
Consider the following scenario:
- On a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008, you add a shared printer.
- This shared printer is located on a print server that is running an earlier version of Windows, such as Windows Server 2003.
- The shared printer’s status is “Driver Update Needed.”
Note: This status is displayed in the Status field in the Printers item in Control Panel.
In this scenario, the print server’s performance gradually decreases. Eventually, the print server constantly runs at 100-percent CPU utilization.
For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB950087.