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Windows 7: XP to Win 7 Printer sharing


21 Nov 2011   #1
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 
XP to Win 7 Printer sharing

I have a printer connected to my XP Pro machine which I want to share with and print from a Win 7 Ultimate machine. the computers are connected via a wired router. Can't find the tut on it.
EDIT Printer is hp photosmart 7960, USB, no ethernet connection.


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21 Nov 2011   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
I have a printer connected to my XP Pro machine which I want to share with and print from a Win 7 Ultimate machine. the computers are connected via a wired router. Can't find the tut on it.
What's the printer model? I ask because some USB printers don't have any downloadable drivers. What's in the firmware is the whole shootin' match.
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21 Nov 2011   #3

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This post might help you: Printing Win7 to XP using NET USE LPT@

Kari
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21 Nov 2011   #4
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Thanks Kari, but I got the error "Wrong domain or bad password" message. I previously had a Home Group setup on the 7 machine. I can't see either PC from the other.
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21 Nov 2011   #5

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I share a older HP 6310xi AiO with an XP machine via a router. As I recall, I downloaded drivers for this machine (Windows 7) from HP and had to install those first. If I remember correctly, there were specific drivers for a LAN printer. Then it was just going through the Add Printer process. (I think--It was past yesterday) It works great. I can set the printer options from either machine for what I'm printing at the time. The printer OEM should have the process documented. At least HP did at the time.
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21 Nov 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

HP has no drivers for this for Windows 7. They only say Windows 7 already has the correct driver, which is true. It's a HP photosmart 7960. Drivers are installed in the XP machine but will not install to the Win 7 machine.
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21 Nov 2011   #7

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

For some reason they changed the default workgroup name from MSHOME in XP to WORKGROUP on Vista/Windows 7. The only way I was able to get it going was to set up a workgroup using MSHOME, and set it as a private network. I tried to just get the already public folders visible. Public on Vista/Windows 7 and AllUsers in XP.

Seemed like once I did that I could go back and share other folders and printers over the network. Also I turned off firewall and all the av crap. Another thing that can mess you up is Windows Media Player wants to set up the network the way it likes so it can share media files over the network. I advise you to kill all that crap off until you get everything else working.
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21 Nov 2011   #8

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
HP has no drivers for this for Windows 7. They only say Windows 7 already has the correct driver, which is true. It's a HP photosmart 7960. Drivers are installed in the XP machine but will not install to the Win 7 machine.
Is it possible to physically connect the printer to the Windows7 machine? It may serve up the driver better in one direction than the other.
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21 Nov 2011   #9
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
Is it possible to physically connect the printer to the Windows7 machine? It may serve up the driver better in one direction than the other.
I don't have the physical space to allow it. Also I named the workgroup to BRITTON.
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21 Nov 2011   #10

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I see. If you can't see anything yet then I'd look in the network wizard thingy and make sure the type is set to Private. Also killing off WMP so it won't interfere.
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