Print From Vista x64 to XP x86

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Printing / Faxing / Scanning' started by ginster, Jul 5, 2008.

  1. ginster

    ginster Guest

    Hello :),

    I have a few pcs networked together. All are running XP x86(using
    windows firewall) and have a different printer installed on each. I
    recently added a Vista x64 pc to the mix, it has no printer connect
    directly to it, and it can access all the other pcs from it(file
    is good, same workgroup).

    My problems is that I cannot print from the Vista x64 system to any of
    the other Xp x86 systems.

    I have tried installing the 64 bit and 32 bit drivers on the Vista
    machine - Add printer - Add a network, wireless or bluetooth printer
    can see all the printers on the network) I select any and get this
    message : The server for the 'HP Deskjet 1280' does not have the
    driver installed. If you want to search for the proper driver, click
    Otherwise, click cancel cancel and contact your network administrator
    original equipment manufacturer for the correct printer driver. - OK -
    select the 64 bit drivers and receive this error message: Windows
    locate a suitable windows driver. Contact your administrator for help
    locating and installing a suitable driver - when i try the x86 bit
    driver i get this message : Printer driver setup. Operation could not
    completed(error 0x800f0214).

    I tried to install the 64 bit drivers on the Xp x86 machines but
    failed. Drivers - Additional Drivers - (there is no Vista x64 option,
    only a XP x64 option which doesnt work with the vista drivers)

    My printers are all HP:
    Deskjet 1280
    Laserjet 1010
    Designjet 500

    I'm losing my mind finding a solution
    Any help would be great!
    ginster, Jul 5, 2008
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    You don'y try to install vista 64bit Driver in the XP 32bit!!!
    That's a no-no!

    Also, run the XP’s Home or Small Office Network File and Printer Sharing
    Wizard to include Vista in your “New†Network, even if you had an XP Network
    set up prior to adding a Vista computer to it(redoing the Wizard seems to
    work for XP machines!).

    In “My Network Placesâ€: “Set up a Home or Small Office Networkâ€
    OR under Accessories > Communications > Network Setup Wizard > Allow File
    and Printer Sharing.
    Mick Murphy, Jul 5, 2008
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  3. ginster

    ginster Guest

    I tried that Mick, still not working..
    ginster, Jul 5, 2008
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    Patrick C Guest

    I was having a similar problem, trying to print from Vista 32 to XP shared
    printer and did a Google search on the problem and found the following. Do
    this on the Vista machine;

    "I had the same problem. I found a solution. Logically it makes no sense
    to me, but it worked so...

    Go to Control Panel. Choose printer. Then choose Add Printer.

    ChooseAdd a local printer. Click on Create a new port. The default in the
    drop down box is Local Port. Do not change that. Click Next.

    A dialogue box will appear asking for you to enter a port name. Type in the
    \\computer name\printer name ie. My computer's name is basement and the
    printer name is EpsonSty so I typed in \\basement\epsonsty"

    Maybe it will work for you.
    Patrick C, Jul 6, 2008
  5. ginster

    ginster Guest

    I was pretty sure that wouldnt work Patrick, but i dont know what t
    tell you
    I worked like a charm!! all my printers are working!
    Thanks a lot, you just saved my sanity :
    ginster, Jul 7, 2008
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    Extensa Guest

    That's funny that you say you didn't think it would work. We have 2
    desktops (XP x32) and 2 laptops (Vista x64 and XP x32). I tried several
    things to be able to have the Vista incorporate into the mix. I found
    that by using the \\computername\printername technique on both laptops,
    I could easily print through the main desktop.

    Thanks for the help :)
    Extensa, Jul 28, 2008
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    Lyoness Guest

    I had this same problem at work and Patrick's solution helped to finally
    solve the problem (I've been trying to install an HP Laserjet 4050n
    since yesterday)!

    Because I'm on a work network our printers have their own IPs so
    instead of using Local Port i chose TCP/IP port and then entered in the
    printer's IP address and left everything else as default....and it

    Thank you so much Patrick!! :party::party::party:
    Lyoness, Apr 22, 2009
  8. ginster


    May 14, 2009
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    Wow, this worked for me too. I had a slightly different problem. The new Vista machine has the printer on it. The xp machine is a virtual pc machine running on the new Vista machine. Virtual PC doesn't allow direct access to the USB ports put can print through the network, except I couldn't figure that out until finding this post. THANK YOU!
    ssbnf, May 14, 2009
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