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Windows 7: Newbie question about printer sharing

28 Nov 2009   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Newbie question about printer sharing

I have an HP Laserjet 2300 Series PCL6 printer connected directly to a Windows XP machine. On the same network, I have a new machine running Windows 7. I want to share the printer over the network.

Question: Am I wasting my time trying to get this to work?

FYI, Windows 7 sees the shared printer but when it attempts to connect in the "Add a Printer" dialog, it gives me a "No driver found" alert. I downloaded the (hopefully) appropriate Windows 7 printer driver (*) from the HP site and installed it on my Windows 7 machine, but when I try to connect, I still get "No driver found."

(*) HP Universal Print Driver for Windows PCL5 x64

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28 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu

Is it possible to physically connect the printer to the windows 7 machine for the purpose of set-up? If so first connect and set-up the printer as a local printer then re-install the printer as a network printer when it should now find the existing local driver.

another way if the connection is not possible is to manually install the driver locally and then create a new tcp/ip port with the printer address as the location string \\computername\printername
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28 Nov 2009   #3

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Hi Perkin, welcome to the Seven Forums.

You could try this if everything else fails:
  • Uninstall all installed Laserjet drivers
  • Run Add a printer dialog
  • Choose Add a local printer
  • When the list of Windows printer drivers appear, choose your printer
  • Follow the instructions given
  • Run Add a printer once more
  • This time choose Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer
  • Follow the instructions given
It might work.


Newbie question about printer sharing-laserjet2300.png

EDIT: Nigel, did you notice? You are looking through the window I attached

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28 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Setting Up A Shared Printer for XP and Vista - Vista Forums

Here is a tutorial I wrote a while back.... I believe it still works the same way in 7... My printer is connected the same way as listed here, and I am using 7 Home Premium.

Good Luck,

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28 Nov 2009   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Barman, Kari, and Extensa,
Thank you all for your prompt and clearly-written replies. I will try your suggestions tomorrow. Thanks!
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