Printer Sharing between xp and Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Gay Lynne Kegan, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. I have a few printers connected to my xp machine. I can see the printer on
    my Vista computer but when I go to install it I get an access denied
    message. What do I do so I can use my printers?

    Gay Lynne
    Gay Lynne Kegan, Feb 2, 2007
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    Kim [MS] Guest

    Gay Lynne,

    I'm sorry you're experiencing this. A few folks in other posts are finding
    that by adjusting their firewalls, the problem is solved. If you're running
    OneCare, do the following (thanks, Tom!):

    Windows Live OneCare ->
    Change OneCare Settinge ->
    Firewall connection tool ->
    Tick relevant options (Network discovery, file and print settings,
    etc) ->
    OK ->
    Advanced Settings ->
    Change file sharing from 'Do not share files and printers" ->
    OK ->

    Please try that and let us know!

    Kim [MS], Feb 3, 2007
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  3. I am using the firewall on my netgear router. I turned off the windows
    Gay Lynne Kegan, Feb 3, 2007
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    Kim [MS] Guest

    Did that work for you? Let us know.


    Kim [MS], Feb 3, 2007
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    Kerry Brown Guest

    Make sure the XP machine has a user account with the same username and
    password as you are using on Vista. Another possible problem is drivers. If
    Vista doesn't have built in drivers for the printer it tries to load the
    drivers from the XP computer. This probably won't work and shows up as
    different errors depending on the printer. Sometimes you can get it to work
    by installing a local printer that is compatible then changing the port in
    the printer properties to the printer share (i.e.
    \\computername\printename). What printers are we talking about?
    Kerry Brown, Feb 3, 2007
  6. It still didn't work. I get an access denied note.
    Gay Lynne Kegan, Feb 4, 2007
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    mgsb Guest

    Kerry's suggestion worked for me. I have a Canon MP130 on a XP machine that
    had been shared successfully with other XP machines. After upgrading to Vista
    on one PC, I got the "Access Denied" message when trying to use the MP130 on
    Vista. File sharing worked fine between the two PCs. I did the following:

    1. Downloaded Vista drivers for MP130 from Canon
    2. Installed the MP130 locally on the Vista PC (which for Canon means having
    to plug in the USB cable - ugh).
    3. Re-connected MP130 to XP PC
    4. On the Vista PC, opened the properties page for the MP130.
    5. Select Port tab
    6. Choose "Add a port"
    7. Choose "Local port" (yes, not obvious, but don't use TCP/IP)
    8. Type in the share name: \\xp-pc-name\printer-name
    9. Make sure the new port is selected (checked)

    mgsb, Feb 11, 2007
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    wdaniels74 Guest

    I've tried those and have had no success
    any other ideas? I've tried on several different home and lets me load and then when I try to print anything it says
    communication error?
    wdaniels74, Mar 5, 2007
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    Rich Guest

    Kerry's suggestion also worked for me. I have a HP Color LaserJet 2605dn.
    The HP tech support solution was to connect the printer directly to the
    network instead of my preference of having the printer connected to a PC
    (running XP) on the network. I also connected the HP directly to my Vista
    system and got a successful installation. I then followed the numbered steps
    below to add a port and was able to print across the network to the shared
    printer connected to a PC (running XP). One additional step I needed to make
    was to ensure the printer was selected for online as opposed to offline
    Rich, May 1, 2007
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    Sarah Guest

    Hi Gay. I had this problem myself and nearly went nuts trying to resolve it.
    To install this printer, open the control panel, go to the printers folder,
    click add new printer, click add a local printer, click create new port,
    leave it at local port, in the enter port name box, type the path to your
    printer. (for instance, mine is \\your-9k1ay6x2a2\Printer2) then click ok
    and you will have it.
    Sarah, Aug 28, 2007
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    Skyzoomer Guest

    Kerry and mgsb's posts worked for me. I finally got my HP 3390 laser
    printer on my XP desktop to print via the network from my Vista laptop.
    I did not have to use downloaded drivers though. I connected the 3390's
    USB cable to the laptop and when I powered the 3390 on, Vista found new
    hardware and automatically installed the print driver.

    I can finally get a good night's sleep tonight. Thanks folks! :)
    Skyzoomer, Jun 4, 2009
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    tims75vette Guest

    None of this has worked for me.

    I have an XP home Compaq; HP 5MP LaserJet printer; a new HP Laptop with
    Vista home premium 32bit.

    I tried all of this. When I try to add a port I get "The network path cannot
    be found"

    I do already have a Lexmark x7675 wireless printer setup that works
    wirelessly from both computers.

    This sucks!

    Please help
    tims75vette, Aug 14, 2009
  13. Let's start at the beginning. On the XP Home PC. The HP printer is
    attached physically to this PC, right? It's shared, right? Does the shared
    name have spaces in it.... that's a no-no, change it.... HPPrinter will be
    fine, you won't get it mixed up with the Lexmark.

    Once it's shared and the name is correct, go to the Vista PC.

    Start, Settings, Printers..... Add a Network Printer...... let Vista try and
    find it. You shouldn't have to add a port or anything like that, if the
    printer is shared out correctly correctly, Vista should find it and add it.
    Cari \(MS-MVP\), Aug 14, 2009
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    tims75vette Guest

    IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you. Oh so much!!!!! :) It didn't work exactly like you said. I tried
    to let Vista find it as a network printer and I still receiver the "Access
    denied" message. So I tried the work around by installing it as a local
    printer and a new port and I got it to work. Thank you, you saved me the
    expense of at least a print server and the other frustrations involved.

    You da best.

    tims75vette, Aug 14, 2009
  15. Happy Printing!!!
    Cari \(MS-MVP\), Aug 15, 2009
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    desousabuzo Guest

    It work for me too. I have a HP920con a xp machine. After brought my new
    vista laptop I got problems printing, but now its solved.

    thank you
    desousabuzo, Jan 23, 2010
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