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Windows 7: Can't print from XP to shared Windows 7 Kyocera printer

20 Mar 2013   #1
Mr Davo

Windows 7 (XP, by Virtualization)
Can't print from XP to shared Windows 7 Kyocera printer

Hi Everyone,

I have setup a Kyocera FS-2020D KX printer on a Windows 7 x64 computer. On the Windows 7 computer the printer is connected by LPT port. Within Windows 7 the printer is set to Share so that it is available over the network to other Workgroup Computers.

On an XP computer I have added the printer by using the Add Printer dialogue. During initial setup of the printer XP stated that it would "automatically get a driver from the host computer", however it failed to do this, and as a result presented me with an additional dialogue which I used to browse for an appropriate driver file.

I am unable to print a test page from the XP computer, furthermore there is some strange behaviour when right clicking on the printer and selecting Printing Preferences. I have created a YouTube video explaining the issues at hand (please take a look):

Kyocera Driver Issue

I believe that there is a basic incompatibility between the host (Windows 7 x64) computers drivers and those of the guest (XP); more specifically I think that these are driven by the fact that the host is 64 bit and the guest is 32 bit.

If anybody has any advice on how to overcome this issue (whilst leaving the printer connected by LPT to Windows 7 x64) can you please let me know?

Kind Regards,


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20 Mar 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

I would just try to get the matching 32 bit XP driver from Kyocera and install in manually. That's how I did it decades ago when the printer ran on a W2000 server and I had to use it from WfW Desktops
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21 Mar 2013   #3
Mr Davo

Windows 7 (XP, by Virtualization)
Solution found...

Hi Everyone,

I have found a solution to this issue. It turns out that Windows 7 64 bit has the capacity to install extra drivers for 32 bit (and other) clients. Simply go into Printer Properties and on the Sharing tab click on Additional Drivers (as illustrated below) -

...then put a tick in the box next to the additional guest type that you need to setup (e.g.: x86 for 32 bit clients like XP) -

Finally once the Windows 7 computer is setup re-add the printer to the XP guest(s). If the XP computer still has a printer installed (but not operating - as in my case) please delete it, and then re-add.

Happy printing

Kind Regards,

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21 Mar 2013   #4

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server

Hi there
I posted a thread on this forum about sharing printers between XP / W7 however the printer was physically attached.

You can't in any case get the driver from the HOST computer if it's X-64 while XP itself is a 32 bit system.

Here's the link to the post --try going through it -- I'm using a USB device as an example but it should work for LPT as well provided the printer works initially on the machine it's physically connected to.

See my post -- Post 3 in the thread. Never mind about the title - it works whichever way round you have the printer connected.

Networking from Printer attached to Win XP PC to Win 7

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21 Mar 2013   #5

Win7 & XP

I have a very similar situation. I am able to print from the Windows 7 printer from my XP laptop via wifi until I reboot the laptop. After rebooting, I have to delete the Laserjet on my XP and reinstall the printer to get it working.

Any ideas how to keep this permanently?

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