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Windows 7: Sharing XP print server with Windows 7 network

23 May 2009   #1
texascarb

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Sharing XP print server with Windows 7 network

Our home has a mixed-platform network composed of three Windows 7 machines, two Vista machines, and (hopefully) one Windows XP print server. I would love to upgrade the print server to Windows 7, but it doesn't have enough RAM.

How can I connect the Windows XP print server to my home network? I don't need the ability to share files over the network. I simply need to be able to print directly to the laserjet from any of my networked machines.

I've poked around the forums and elsewhere on the Internet, and have come across variants of this question but haven't found any clear-cut instructions that explain how to do this.

Thanks!

Aaron


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23 May 2009   #2
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Does the Vista & Win7 computers see the XP computer? Have you tried install network printer from all of them? Do you have the XP printer set as sharing?
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23 May 2009   #3
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Here is my two network printers that are connected to two different XP computers. I can print to either of them from Win7.


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23 May 2009   #4
texascarb

Vista
 
 

Doc Brown,

Nice name. How did you make your network see the XP machine and vice versa? I started over from scratch, and currently have three Windows 7 machines connected to a homegroup. The workgroup name for these machines is "WORKGROUP." This is also the workgroup name for the XP machine. But the Windows 7 machines can't see the XP machine and vice versa.

Should I start over from scratch, bypassing the homegroup process?

Aaron
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23 May 2009   #5
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

My first win7 x86 computer defaulted to setting up the network as their NEW HOMEGROUP thingy. It did not play well with my network. So since then I set up the newer win7 computers I have tested as a Business type network. When I set the printers as shared on the XP computers, then on the win7's I just go to Devices & Printers & select add printer. Then pick add a network printer. I think I remember somewhere to set turn Discovery ON !


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23 May 2009   #6
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

workgroup, MSHOME, Homegroup is to generic & common for the name of your network. You might like using "Texas_Star"
but you have to change the workgroup name on all computers & reboot them.
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23 May 2009   #7
texascarb

Vista
 
 

Thanks, DocBrown. I've changed my workgroup name to something unique and am bypassing the homegroup network. No luck so far, but I think I may be trying too many machines at one time. I'm going to start with the XP print-sharing computer and my wife's Vista-based PC. If I can get those to work, I may be able to add the Windows 7 machines back into the network one at a time.

I love Windows 7, but the use of the word "Homegroup" seems confusing from a usability standpoint. In theory, isn't it possible to have a networked machine identified as a "home location" without using the homegroup network?

Aaron
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23 May 2009   #8
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by texascarb View Post
Thanks, DocBrown.
I love Windows 7, but the use of the word "Homegroup" seems confusing from a usability standpoint. In theory, isn't it possible to have a networked machine identified as a "home location" without using the homegroup network?

Aaron

I thought it was a confusing name to use, also.

That is why I set it up like the old business network that always worked for me in XP I have only had one Vista machine that I used for a while. Really did not like it Even though I was a LongHorn Beta Tester years ago before it became Vista

When you get things up & running check out the 7_Forums Desktop Gadget It is really neat & keeps you up to date on what is happening here

And the snipping tool in win7 is fantastic


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23 May 2009   #9
texascarb

Vista
 
 

I'm very frustrated, but am slightly closer to solving this problem. After trying for several hours to see the XP machine on the network, I realized that I might need to upgrade that machine to SP3. Then, I realized that it also needed the Link Layer Protocol Responder added to the system, and a hotfix was required to make this work with SP3. Finally, managed to get all of that sorted out, and here is my current dilemma:

When I go to the network sharing center to view Network Computers and Devices, I can only see the two Windows 7 machines. However, if I click on "See Full Map," I've confirmed that the Windows 7 machines can actually see my XP system on the network. Woo hoo!

But I still cannot add the XP machine's shared printer. Sigh.... Does anyone have any ideas?

Aaron
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23 May 2009   #10
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I snipped these for you, as this is what is working for me.


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