Printer sharing - XP host, Vista laptop

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Printing / Faxing / Scanning' started by Marwood, May 13, 2008.

  1. Marwood

    Marwood Guest

    Hi all

    I've got an issue with printer sharing with a client's PC setup.

    *The setup is:
    Desktop with XP Home (Windows Firewall, all Norton crap removed, LLD
    responder patched, in the workgroup WORKGROUP). Logs in to Admi
    account, with no password. Guest account is disabled

    This is connected by RJ45 to the router, which connects wirelessly to

    Vista Home Premium Laptop (Vista firewall, Norton 360 removed
    workgroup WORKGROUP)

    The XP machine is perfectly happy - it can see the laptop, and share

    *The problem:
    Vista is less happy - it can see the XP machine in the network map, bu
    as others have remarked previously, the machine is unclickable. ie
    cannot intiate a connection to XP shared resources from Vista. As fa
    as I recall they have no problem pinging each other

    I'm using a synchronisation program, which runs from XP - this ca
    access, read and write to Vista's shares, and basically has no problems
    This is set to log onto that machine using the Vista user account an

    The XP machine has a locally attached HP printer, which is shared vi
    XP printer sharing

    Vista laptop is completely oblivious to the presence of this printer
    via Browse for Printer, server path style address: \\Desktop\HP , or an
    other method of trying to get it to notice it. It just will not se

    Can anyone shed any light on what the heck I can do to get this printe
    shared? If any more info is needed, just ask

    Marwood, May 13, 2008
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  2. Marwood

    Patrick C Guest

    I had a similar problem and found the following doing a Google search:

    "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"

    Hope it works for you.
    Patrick C, May 14, 2008
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