On Windows XP, Vista and Server 2003 you can only use XP/VS Auto Printer creation for which you will have to install a printer driver on the XP/VS Server once for each client attached printer model.
For more details : 4. Auto Printer Creation
Starting with Windows 7, Server 2008/2008 R2 (Standard, Foundation, Essential) Microsoft introduced this new feature TS Easy Print.
No printer driver installlation required (well a lot f printer devices are supported by Microsoft)
With TS Easy print this new general printer driver is used for all redirected printers - called "Remote Desktop Easy Print printer driver"
The main feature of TS Easy Print is that the client's printer driver does not have to be
installed on the Terminal Server - a "driver-less" solution for printer redirection over
a remote desktop session.
TS Easy Print is basically a printer proxy that redirects printing-related jobs to the
user's local machine using the printer drivers installed on the client computer.
Microsoft offers this feature on the following server side operating systems
. Windows 7 Ultimate, Enterprise and subsequent desktop operating systems
. Windows Server 2008 (only with Terminal Services role)
. Windows Server 2008 R2 (only with Remote Desktop Session Host)
. and following operating systems (2012,206,2019,2022)
With Thinstuff XP/VS Server installed TS Easy Print is supported on the following
additional server side operating systems:
. Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, 11 Starter, Home, Home Premium, Professional
(and of course Ultimate and Enterprise) editons
. Windows Server 2008 (also without Terminal Services role) - Service Pack 2, repectively
. Windows Server 2008 R2 (also without Remote Desktop Session Host role)
and following edtions - Windows server 2012, 2016, 2019,2022 , Standard, Foundation and Essential
The client computer has to run Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) 6.1 or better.
On Windows XP and Vista clients you must have installed at least Microsoft
.NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1).
Windows Vista with SP1 already includes both of the required components.
Windows XP with Service Pack 3 already includes RDC 6.1 but you must install the .NET Framework separately.
On client computers running Windows XP it is highly recommended to install Microsoft Hotfix KB-954744 which fixes potential TS Easy Print issues regarding garbled characters and incorrect orientations.
ADDITIONAL LINKS:no driver installation, Remote Desktop easy Print printer driver, xps file, xps file