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Windows 7: Sharing printer on Win7 (x64) with Windows XP computer

29 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate RTM
Sharing printer on Win7 (x64) with Windows XP computer


Having troubles setting this up.

Windows 7 computer working fine - printer working fine (it's a canon ip5200). On Windows XP machine (SP3), I am trying to access the printer. I've tried this a couple of ways and it fails every time.

1) Drill down to printer via the Add Printer searchj for a network printer action. This eventually will ask me to point to an INF file that I don't have (unpacking Canon's printer driver installer to get to the 'ip5200.inf' file will eventually get me a 'Invalid printer file' error even though I can see that the inf file looks like an inf file.

2) Try to add it as a local printer, pointing to the network path (\\network\printer). That installs OK, but it doesn't work.

3) Try to install a network printer giving it a network path. See #1.

What in the heck am I doing wrong? I cannot get Windows7 to add the Windows XP drivers to it's list so I can install it via the network.


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29 Aug 2009   #2

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate RTM
Nevermind ....

Rebooted windowx xp computer after uninstalling it and tried method #2 and it worked fine! Dunno what went wrong!
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