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Windows 7: Using an XP machine to access a network printer

13 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
Using an XP machine to access a network printer

Hi all, I'm new here but anyway...

I have an HP Photosmart C4480 printer (not a wireless-enabled printer) connected to a Windows 7 machine. This Windows 7 machine is wired to a wireless router. I have enabled sharing of the printer on the network.

I have two laptops on this network. One has Windows 7 Starter edition and the other has XP Home (Service pack 3, updates, etc.)

I have been able to successfully access the shared printer on the Windows 7 laptop, but not the XP laptop.

I have installed the basic printer drivers to my XP machine. Here's what I have tried:

Control panel > Printers and Faxes > File > Add Printer... > Next > A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer

Now when I browse for a printer on the network, all that pops up is "Microsoft Windows Network" and if I try to type in the specific path for it (in my case: \\JEFFS7COMP\PHOTOSMART_C4400) I get the error message: "Windows cannot connect to the printer. It was either spelled incorrectly, or has lost its connection to the server."

I have also installed the "extra" drivers on the host computer, and on the XP laptop verified that printer sharing is enabled on the wireless network on my end.

I'm not sure what else to try? This was effortless on my Windows 7 Starter laptop but XP is really struggling with me. Ideas? Thanks.

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