Kernel mode drivers are monolithic drivers that hook into the operating system at the kernel level. Poorly written drivers can cause blue screen STOP errors.

Windows Server 2003 does NOT support Kernel mode print drivers by default, but an administrator can disable the policy.

If you encounter the subject message, I strongly advise you to find a non-Kernel mode driver, and install it locally for a remote network printer:

01. Control Panel / Printers and Other Hardware / Printers and Faxes / Add Printer.

02. Press Next in the Add Printer Wizard.

03. Select Local print and clear the Automatically detect and install box.

04. Press Next.

05. Select Create a new port and toggle Local Port.

06. Type the printer path into the Port name using the \\ServerName\PrinterShareName syntax, and press OK.

07. Press Next.

08. Select a Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 driver for the printer.

09. Press Next and follow the instructions to complete the wizard.

NOTE: When the driver is updated on the server, you will NOT get the updated driver.