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Windows 7: Printer Driver Versions

28 Sep 2010   #11

Windows 7 Pro

Epson uses the confusing term an "inbox" driver. I think they mean a driver that's included in the Windows 7 installation and supplied by Microsoft (although originally written by Epson). Anyway, my version of Windows 7 Pro seems to have a driver for the Epson 890, and that's what I used. If you select manually choose a driver in the printer installation dialog, it's there in the list. At least, it was for me...

I hope this helps - Rowan

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28 Sep 2010   #12

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
I've posted on this Forum ZILLIONS of times about how to share printers and it doesn't matter what mix of machines you have -- the printer could be on an XP machine and you want to print from W7 X64.

Just follow these instructions

I've posted on this before but to share Printers attached to XP computers with either X-64 or X-32 versions of Windows 7 is SIMPLE. These instructions are for the Printer attached to the XP machine (but works in reverse as well).

("Stand alone" Network printers can be done slightly similarly BTW).

assume the computers are call XPMACHINE and W7MACHINE.

1) Ensure Printer on XP machine is shared - assume it's called SHAREDPRINTER.

2) On the Network Browsing on your Windows 7 machine ensure you can "See" the Printer share.

Now on the Windows 7 machine do the following (doesn't matter if it's X-86 or x-64).

3) Control Panel==> add LOCAL (Yes LOCAL) printer. I know it's on a Network but hold your horses -- what we are actually doing is "Poodlefaking" the Windows 7 machine into thinking it's running the printer.

4) Create NEW port==>Local port


6) Now Windows 7 will load a driver and you'll be able to print on the XP machine.


(For a "Network stand alone printer") at 4) chose TCPIP port
and at 5) enter the IP address.

If the printer is on the Windows 7 machine and you want to print on the XP machine then do the same instructions on the XP machine --
port name in this case will be \\W7MACHINE\SHAREDPRINTER

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28 Sep 2010   #13

Windows 7 Pro
This works!!!

Thanks very much for that. You have solved my problem which has been bugging me for a month. You'd be amazed at how many people have told me this is impossible (including Epson support staff). The only things I'd add are:
  1. Choose a share name with no spaces in it for the printer. I could not get the client Windows 7 machine to accept the port name when the share was called "Epson Stylus Photo 890" (as it is by default), wherever I tried putting in quotes.
  2. I had the share on the server machine set to "render print jobs on client computers". I don't know whetehr this is important, but that's what I;ve got set, and it works.
Thanks again - Rowan
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29 Sep 2010   #14

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there.

Glad it worked for you. Loads of people have used this method and its fixed their shared printing problems too.

I've requested this type of info be placed either in the totorials or made a Sticky.

It's quite simple but "Counter Intuitive" so a lot of people probably wouldn't even THINK of this type of solution.

The main point is that you ONLY need to load the printer driver on to each machine that wants to access the shared printer -- and load the correct driver for the LOCAL machine and not try to load X-86 drivers on W7 X-64 machines or any W7 driver on an XP machine.

Windows handles all the correct printing protocols.

I'm also pretty disappointed by the low level of expertise offered by some of these major companies -- once you get through the whole horror of Indian Call centres -- yet another gripe - then the quality of support staff is also pretty frightening.

If most of this type of work is going this way I'd get REALLY SCARED if large complex projects start to get off shored this way "all in Cost reduction" type excuses.

You'll in general find MUCH better help on Forums like this one.

Good luck.

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29 Sep 2010   #15

Windows 7 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
I'm also pretty disappointed by the low level of expertise offered by some of these major companies -- the quality of support staff is pretty frightening.

You'll in general find MUCH better help on Forums like this one.
I agree with you. For non-trivial questions it's almost useless using the "official" support services. It's usually better to use forums, although finding one that has enough traffic in the specific area one is interested in, and that has sufficiently knowledgeable users, and sorting those who know what they are talking about from those who don't, is still a time consuming business...

Anyway, this one is SOLVED, thank you very much!

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15 Oct 2010   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Still can't get from W7 to an XP printer

jimbo45 - your instructions are very clear except I still can't get my new Windows 7 (64 bit) laptop to print over my home network to my Canon iP4600 which is connected to my Vista (32 bit) computer. I just get "access denied". This has all worked fine for years, and still does, with all my other networked XP and Vista machines.

I have a specific question - how do I do actually do what you request below? If I look at the full network map on the W7 machine I can see the computer that has the printer connection - but I cannot see the printer. But, if I try and connect to it using the printer wizard the W7 laptop can find it with the correct share name etc.

Any help would be really appreciated.

"2) On the Network Browsing on your Windows 7 machine ensure you can "See" the Printer share."
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