Vista 32-bit machine won't allow Vista 64-bit machine to connect

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by ajseagles3, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. ajseagles3

    ajseagles3 Guest

    I have a 32-bit desktop hooked up to a printer. All I want to do is be able
    to print to it from a 64-bit laptop in the house, but the 64-bit machine says
    that it can't connect to the 32-bit machine. However, I can view the shared
    files from the 64-bit machine from the 32-bit machine. There are no 3rd
    party firewalls on either machine, and I've tried basically every option.
    What am I missing?
    ajseagles3, Aug 30, 2009
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  2. ajseagles3

    Malke Guest

    1. You can successfully transfer files back and forth between the two
    machines? If yes, continue reading Part 2 below. If no, set up your
    file/printer sharing properly first:

    Excellent, thorough, yet easy to understand article about File/Printer
    Sharing in Vista. Includes details about sharing printers as well as files
    and folders:

    2. Make sure the printer is shared out on the Desktop. Make a note of its
    share name and also the Desktop's computer name (Control
    Panel>System>Computer Name).

    Download 64-bit printer drivers from the printer mftr.'s website to the
    laptop. Install them. If the driver installation routine doesn't find the

    On the laptop - Go to Control Panel. Choose Printer. Then choose Add

    Choose Add 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 \\FullComputername\SharedPrintername

    ex: \\mycomputer\HPDJ

    This is why you made a note of the printer's and computer's names.

    Click Next.

    Under the Manufacturers list, select the mftr. and the correct printer from
    the Printers List.

    Under Do you want to use this printer as the default printer select "Yes"
    and click Next.

    When asked to print a test page, select "Yes", then Finish.

    Malke, Aug 30, 2009
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  3. Make sure the shared name of the printer has no spaces in it.

    Make sure the 32 bit printer has 64 bit drivers installed for it..... on the
    32 bit printer, right click, select Properties and scroll down to Add
    Additional Drivers.
    Cari \(MS-MVP\), Aug 31, 2009
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