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Windows 7: Printer on Network - No Driver

05 Nov 2009   #11

Windows 7 64 bit
After "More:"

It is very important to read my instructions after More. Go through those steps and it will work. If you can't remember your network path, go to XP machine and look at what name is used to share your HP printer. Use that exact name. Your path should look like this: \\ip address of xp machine\share name of printer. Or for example: \\\HP1100 .

Also you don't seem to have read my entire post closely. Please do so. But if after reading a few times with little or no understanding, please write back. I will try to do better.

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13 Nov 2009   #12

windows7 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gadgtman View Post
Here is one way to do it. Also it can be done without connecting printer through USB cable to Windows 7 machine.

1. Add Printer (click)
2. Choose local printer
3. Choose use existing port: print to file
4. If your printer is not listed, click windows update (requires internet).
5. Wait...
6. Check to see if printer is now listed.
7. Choose newly listed printer.
8. Printer will then install.


1. Right click printer icon. Left click printer properties.
2. Click port tab.
3. Add new port. Local port
4. Type in address of shared printer ie \\Name or ip address of computer with attached shared printer\Shared printer name
5. Click general tab. Print test page. Run upstairs to see if your test page printed.
thank you for your solving

but there is many thing haben whith me
1. I didn't find the printer even after update (so I plug in the USB cable for my Epson cx3700 directly to my laptop

2. I did the rest steps but the printer can not print any thin


1. I have desktop whith windows XP and the printer connected directly whit it via USB cable

2. I have a HP laptop whith windows Vista and I found my Epson printer and I connected to it (the windos installed driver atomaticly)

3. I have a laptop whith windows7 I can see the printer but I can not connect to it becouse of the driver.

Thank you alot
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13 Nov 2009   #13

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

@scn You really should have started your own thread on this. So in the future please do.What driver did you try to install? Did you read the information on your printer from here? The reason I ask is it is basically saying that they don't have a win 7 driver available and that the driver 7 provides should do basic printing and the card reader should work following their tutorial. FabeSelect your operating system HP Deskjet 6988 Printer - HP Customer Care (United States - English)&
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13 Nov 2009   #14

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

@speed1 Please next time start your own thread as it gets confusing with all the different printers and you'll get quicker responses. Thanks. That being said, we need to know what model printer your referring to. Then we can try and find the driver and assist you further. Fabe
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17 Nov 2009   #15

windows7 64bit

I foun some thing in Windows7 website

check this

in feature 6 it mention that the windows7 can't work with XP programs (it can't Run many Windows XP productivity programs in Windows XP Mode. )

I dont know maybe this is the poit why windows7 can't run a shared printer connected to XP machine
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20 Nov 2009   #16

Windows XP Home

gadgtman, you've done it again! This worked perfectly for me! THANK YOU!
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29 Dec 2009   #17


In addition I had to connect the printer (unmark "use off line") so the test page could be sent successfuly to the remote printer.
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03 Jan 2010   #18

Windows 7

If you have the installation disc that came with the printer, definitely put it in your computer and install. I was having the same problem as you. I even plugged my printer into my laptop and it wouldn't add the driver for some odd reason. I installed the disc on my laptop and now it works perfectly. I think this may be the only way to install the driver on to Windows 7 Computers, at least for this model of printer.
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27 Feb 2010   #19

Windows 7
Epson CX5400 Driver?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by limneos View Post
You can try this workaround...

Unplug your printer from your iMac upstairs and connect it on W7. It should be detected as a local printer and the necessary drivers will be installed.

Then , disconnect it and put it back to you iMac upstairs.
Now try connecting to it again as a network printer. W7 should already have the drivers needed now.
I'm having the same problem the OP had. When I try to add my network printer (Epson CX5400 connected to a Windows XP desktop) to my Windows 7 laptop, it tells me it can't find a driver for that printer on the network. I tried the above-quoted advice, and the printer installed without difficulty when directly connected to my laptop, but it still says it can't find a driver when I try to add it as a network computer after I connect it back to the desktop.

It says it's looking for an .inf file. If I knew where on the harddrive this file would be located, I think I could complete installation, but I have no idea where to look. I've tried looking for a download from Epson's website, but it says the driver is an "inbox driver" on Windows 7, so it's not available for download.

Anyone know a fix for this problem?
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27 Feb 2010   #20

Windows 7
This worked for me!

Thanks 'gadgtman'!! This worked for me after spending endless hours searching online and not getting now where. Thank goodness I searched older threads! But you need to mention that it is the "printer properties" that you need to click and not just "properties" at the bottom. I got lost there but overcame by persistence.
I had posted a new thread for my problem but am glad I kept looking.

@Okiecub, please try gadgtman's instructions because your problem sounds just like mine. Go back to his 6-18-2009 post on this thread. GOOD LUCK!!
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