How to share Vista print drivers through WinXP Print Share ?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by David H. Lipman, May 13, 2009.

  1. How do you share Vista print drivers through a WinXP Print Share ?

    I have a project coming up where I have a WinXP SP3 notebook connected to two HP 3005
    Laserjet printers via USB. Both printers will be setup as Print Shares.

    I have to assume the possibility of a "visitor" bringing a notebook with Vista and hooking
    up to the LAN where the WinXP SP3 notebook is sharing the printers.

    So the question is, how can WinXP SP3 be setup to provide Vista HP 3005 Laserjet print
    drivers ?
     
    David H. Lipman, May 13, 2009
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  2. David H. Lipman

    John Guest

    I'm trying to do the same thing but with Windows Server 2003. I still can't
    figure it out.

    One workaround is to put Vista driver in a shared folder, on that same
    machine that shares its printer. When "visitors" notebook attempts to
    install the printer, it'll ask for printer driver. Point it to the shared
    folder. It won't be automatic but it works.
     
    John, May 13, 2009
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  3. From: "John" <a>

    | I'm trying to do the same thing but with Windows Server 2003. I still can't
    | figure it out.

    | One workaround is to put Vista driver in a shared folder, on that same
    | machine that shares its printer. When "visitors" notebook attempts to
    | install the printer, it'll ask for printer driver. Point it to the shared
    | folder. It won't be automatic but it works.

    John:

    Thanx... The sharing of the Vista drivers is my backup but I'd really like Print$ to do
    it.
     
    David H. Lipman, May 13, 2009
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  4. A kludge to be sure but the way most folks get around it is to install
    the printer locally on a local port on the on the Vista box and use the
    UNC path to the shared printer for the port name, ie:
    \\ServerNname\PrinterName

    Chicagotech explains it here:

    http://www.chicagotech.net/netforums/viewtopic.php?t=4484

    John
     
    John John - MVP, May 13, 2009
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  5. David H. Lipman

    John Guest

    Well I guess that makes 2 of us searching for the same resolution :)
    Sorry, I got nothing. I'll just sit and wait for other replies.
     
    John, May 14, 2009
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  6. David H. Lipman

    R. McCarty Guest

    Most ( or many ) printers have a option in their sharing (TAB). From
    here you can add drivers for other operating systems. Unfortunately
    XP doesn't know about Vista so I'm not sure if you can supply a driver
    for Vista. Usually the option box "Additional Drivers" is what you use.
     
    R. McCarty, May 14, 2009
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  7. From: "R. McCarty" <>

    | Most ( or many ) printers have a option in their sharing (TAB). From
    | here you can add drivers for other operating systems. Unfortunately
    | XP doesn't know about Vista so I'm not sure if you can supply a driver
    | for Vista. Usually the option box "Additional Drivers" is what you use.

    Exactly.

    I was hoping for an update/plugin that will add a Vista driver distribution facility to
    XP.

    If John John didn't know of one... it doesn't look good :-(
     
    David H. Lipman, May 14, 2009
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    Leythos Guest

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    correct answer but the troll I will not help.


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    Leythos Guest

    PCBUTTS, your impersonations shows you are everything we warn people
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    Leythos, May 14, 2009
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  10. David H. Lipman

    RalfG Guest

    Can't say that it will be the same for all printers but I've found that
    Vista has little trouble finding drivers for shared printers on the LAN. Of
    the two printers in question here one is pre-XP and the other is pre-Vista,
    with the drivers being either included in Vista or downloaded from MS via
    the internet. Driver installation starts automatically the first time you
    try to connect to the shared printer from Vista.
     
    RalfG, May 14, 2009
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  11. David H. Lipman

    John Guest

    I know how to add additional drivers. What I don't know is how to get Vista
    on the list of Additional Drivers. There's not even a Browse button to add
    "other" types of drivers. We're pretty much stuck with what's available.
    Windows Server 2003 doesn't know Vista either.
    I'm hoping that there's an MS patch to get Vista listed there. I came across
    this problem last year when I acquired the first Vista Business machine at
    the office. I got so many other problems with Vista. I finally decided to
    downgrade it to XP Pro. I stopped worrying about printer driver for Vista
    since then. I'll be great to learn the trick (reghack or patch) to get Vista
    on the list.
     
    John, May 14, 2009
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