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Windows 7: Printer on Vista 64-bit, can't print wifi w/W7


01 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7, we also have Vista 64-bit and two XP systems on our home wifi network
 
 
Printer on Vista 64-bit, can't print wifi w/W7

I have an HP Deskjet F4280 attached to a Vista 64-bit printer. It is connected to our home network (MSHOME) via wifi.

We have two XP machines that can print via wifi to the HP printer on the Vista machine.

We recently bought a Windows 7 computer. It is attached directly to the router with an Ethernet cable and is on our home network - sort of. I can't find how to make sure it's connected to the MSHOME group, though the other computers show up under "network".

Windows 7 can see the HP Deskjet on the Vista.
It found the drivers and installed them on Windows 7.
The printer shows up as an installed printer on Windows 7.
Windows 7 will print a test page.

Windows 7 *will not* print from any other program, even though it will show "printing" and the item appears in the print queue on Windows 7. (Items do *not* appear on the Vista print queue, however.)

I've browsed for hours in the forums and have tried several options, but nothing previously written has worked. One was to set up a "local" printer on the Windows 7, even tho it really isn't - when I plugged in the path (\\VistaComputerName\HP Deskjet name), it told me it was not an option, path does not exist. I tried \\network\VistaComputerName\HP Deskjet name, also \\Network\MSHOME\VistaComputerName\HP Deskjet name and \\MSHOME\VistaComputerName\HP Deskjet name... and same message, the path does not exist). (When doing the path names, I'm using generic names here; in actuality, I *am* using the correct paths for our system set-up.)

TIA for any help...

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01 Jan 2010   #2

 

Not quite sure what you mean by the following...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wenlom View Post
I have an HP Deskjet F4280 attached to a Vista 64-bit printer.
However, try ensuring you aren't using Windows 7 Homegroup, and that you're using traditional networking instead, and that you've loaded Windows 7 drivers for the printer.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wenlom View Post
I have an HP Deskjet F4280 attached to a Vista 64-bit printer. It is connected to our home network (MSHOME) via wifi.

We have two XP machines that can print via wifi to the HP printer on the Vista machine.

We recently bought a Windows 7 computer. It is attached directly to the router with an Ethernet cable and is on our home network - sort of. I can't find how to make sure it's connected to the MSHOME group, though the other computers show up under "network".

Windows 7 can see the HP Deskjet on the Vista.
It found the drivers and installed them on Windows 7.
The printer shows up as an installed printer on Windows 7.
Windows 7 will print a test page.

Windows 7 *will not* print from any other program, even though it will show "printing" and the item appears in the print queue on Windows 7. (Items do *not* appear on the Vista print queue, however.)

I've browsed for hours in the forums and have tried several options, but nothing previously written has worked. One was to set up a "local" printer on the Windows 7, even tho it really isn't - when I plugged in the path (\\VistaComputerName\HP Deskjet name), it told me it was not an option, path does not exist. I tried \\network\VistaComputerName\HP Deskjet name, also \\Network\MSHOME\VistaComputerName\HP Deskjet name and \\MSHOME\VistaComputerName\HP Deskjet name... and same message, the path does not exist). (When doing the path names, I'm using generic names here; in actuality, I *am* using the correct paths for our system set-up.)

TIA for any help...
You're very close, you actually need to use the share name of the printer that's attached to the vista machine. Let's say the Vista machine is called Vista-PC and the share name of the printer is hpdj so the path or actually port name would be
\\Vista-PC\hpdj
Hope this helps
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01 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7, we also have Vista 64-bit and two XP systems on our home wifi network
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
Not quite sure what you mean by the following...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wenlom View Post
I have an HP Deskjet F4280 attached to a Vista 64-bit printer.
However, try ensuring you aren't using Windows 7 Homegroup, and that you're using traditional networking instead, and that you've loaded Windows 7 drivers for the printer.
The HP Deskjet F4280 is attached to a Vista 64-bit computer, sorry. ;-)

As far as I can tell, I'm not using Homegroup, though it does seem to be running (?) - is there a way to turn that off so the Windows 7 system only recognizes the MSHOME workgroup?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7, we also have Vista 64-bit and two XP systems on our home wifi network
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by patwhatsthat View Post
You're very close, you actually need to use the share name of the printer that's attached to the vista machine. Let's say the Vista machine is called Vista-PC and the share name of the printer is hpdj so the path or actually port name would be
\\Vista-PC\hpdj
Hope this helps
I tried that - \\VistaComputerName\HP Deskjet name - tried doing the "local port" on the Windows 7, inputing the new port name as \\VistaComputerName\HP Deskjet name - but it told me it wasn't a valid path, or it said access denied (one or the other, still wouldn't work).
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