Sharing a printer attached to an XP machine on Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by pareez, Mar 28, 2007.

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    pareez Guest

    I'm trying to share a printer that's attached to an XP Pro machine on Vista
    Home Premium. Vista finds the shared printer no problem but tries to get the
    printer driver from the XP machine. I can't add the Vista driver for this
    printer on the XP machine and it seems like there's no way to specify in
    Vista what driver to use for the printer during installation. Any
    pareez, Mar 28, 2007
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    BurrWalnut Guest

    I haven’t tried this but I’ve been told it has worked for some people with
    incompatible printers.

    Unless Vista has the necessary drivers, the Add Printer wizard in Vista
    insists on retrieving the driver for a network printer from the computer to
    which the printer is connected. Since you can’t install the Vista driver on a
    WinXP computer, that means that Vista fails to connect to the network printer.

    You need to fool Vista into thinking that the network printer is actually a
    local one, so that you can install the driver directly on your Vista computer.

    Download the Vista printer driver and install it on the Vista computer.
    You’ll be prompted to connect the printer to your computer. Choose the option
    to proceed with the installation WITHOUT connecting the printer.

    Once installed, open Printers in Control Panel, right-click on the printer
    and choose Properties. Go to the Ports Tab, click Add Port…, select Local
    Port, then click New Port…
    For the Port Name enter exactly the network path and share name of your
    printer, click OK, and double-check that this new port is selected with the
    checkbox next to it. Click OK to close the printer properties.
    BurrWalnut, Mar 28, 2007
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    pugslyadams Guest

    PROBLEM SOLVED! thanks for the advice!! i got my system to finally work!!
    pugslyadams, Jun 1, 2007
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