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Windows 7: Win 7-Win XP Printer printer sharing

31 Dec 2010   #1

windows 7 home
Win 7-Win XP Printer printer sharing

I have a Brothers printer installed on my Windows 7 "master" PC .......which is working fine ..... and I believe that all sharing/permission setting are correct. The two machines are connected via a simple ethernet cross over cable. File sharing and internet access are working fine.
I want to print from my Windows XP "slave" PC.
When I view the workgroup on the XP PC .......I can see the Win 7 PC (name Bob-pc) ......with all the shared files .....AND I see the printer that I am trying to reach.
However when I try to open the printer I get the message .....
You are about to connect to a printer on Bob-pc which will automatically install a print driver on your machine …..Print drivers may contain viruses etc.etc.
So I click Yes and get the message ….
The server for the “Brothers HL-1440” printer does not have the correct printer drivers installed……if you want to search etc ……click OK …..
So when I click OK I get a search window saying …..
The file *.inf is needed
I am now lost …….why do I have to locate print drivers …..? …..what am I missing ??

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31 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Go to the Brother website and download XP drivers for your printer. Install them on the XP computer.
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01 Jan 2011   #3

Win 7 Home 64 (3 license)

That will fix your printer sharing!

Solved that myself after a few hours of head scratching trying to get my 6 XP home computers to print on my freshly installed Win 7 64 computer/master printer. Sharing was easy but had to reinstall printer drivers locally on each machine. Seems they didn't like the 64 bit drivers... LOL!
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05 Jan 2011   #4

windows 7 home

OK …….first thanks to the two previous posters for your help. You have both suggested installing drivers locally. I have done that (actually did this before my original post). In fact I can print locally from either PC by simply moving the USB cable (obviously not the solution I want).
So, I’m still stuck at the point where the wizard on the XP PC is prompting me for the *.inf file (see my original post). I have no clue where to find this.
Again, thanks for any help you can provide.
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05 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

Try running the add new printer (wizard), network printer, etc on the XP PC. I believe that was the way I did here at home with my brother HL-1230. When it asks for the driver, browse to the folder where you saved them. If that doesn't work try the have disk option if available. I'm just going by memory so if that doesn't work out let me know and I'll go re-install the printer on my XP box and make notes while I do it.
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10 Jan 2011   #6

windows 7 home
Finding driver

Kerry ……I have located the …. OEMHL01A .inf file ….. (the only *.inf file I could find) in the following folder ……
Brothers/BRDriver …… that what I’m looking for ?
But when I run the wizard and select that file (when prompted for an inf file), I get the message ….. “Windows cannot locate a suitable printer driver….contact you admin ....”

Here is the first few lines of the file if that helps …..
Signature="$Windows NT$"



"Brother HL-1230 series" = BROHL123.PPD,LPTENUM\BrotherHL-1230_serieE46E,BrotherHL-1230_serieE46E
"Brother HL-1440 series" = BROHL144.PPD,LPTENUM\BrotherHL-1440_serie0BD1,BrotherHL-1440_serie0BD1
"Brother HL-1450 series" = BROHL145.PPD,LPTENUM\BrotherHL-1450_serie9BDC,BrotherHL-1450_serie9BDC
"Brother HL-1470N series" = BROHL147.PPD,LPTENUM\BrotherHL-1470N_seri8521,BrotherHL-1470N_seri8521
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10 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

I just went up to my XP box and tried to go though the menu to install the driver but struck out. Even if I uninstall the printer the driver remains on that PC so about half way though the install it realizes the driver is already there and skips the steps I want to see. I think what you want is to select "Install From A List or Specific Location". Then select "Don't Search I Will Chose The Driver To Install". Now click "Have Disk", and browse to the inf file.
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10 Nov 2011   #8

Win 7 64 bit
Solution to this problem

Hope this helps you bobcarp,

Yes I know post is old as crap but if you google this problem it's like the 3rd link google post and might help not just hl 1440 user but others so you don't have to buy a new printer.

1. Make a new folder in the C: drive or where ever you'd like called my name brother hl 1440, so "C:\brother hl1440".

2. Download just Windows XP driver from the brother website for the brother hl 1440 or your model.

3. Extract the file you just downloaded to the folder you made in step 1. You know click browse in Win zip, go to the folder, in my example "C:\brother hl1440", click extract I believe.

4. Open the folder, again in "C:\brother hl1440".

5. Open the file "OEMHL01A" should say "Setup Information" under it. When you double-click on it, it should open in notepad or wordpad can't remember or your preferred editor.

6. Go down in the file where it says "Brother HL-1440 series", now delete, yes delete the words "series" in that line so it displays/says/shows as "Brother HL-1440".

7. Save the file, click file, click save, might prompt you/ask you if you want to overwrite click yes/ok.

8. Go threw the printer install process again, make sure you go to the folder you made in step 1 to locate the driver, this time it should not display, "Windows cannot locate a suitable printer driver", it should probably just start installing and say the driver not signed, I believe, click install anyway.

Side note might just install without a printer just installed prompt. Go to the printers window start, control panel, printers... and you should see it there, click I believe printer properties or settings, click test print and it should now print the test page, all done.

Might work for other printers with this problem. I figured it out from past experience on installing a different printer driver to the same xp computer was about to give up until i remeber what i had done about 2 years ago.

Why it happens, I believe that Windows 7 or the Windows 7 hl 1440 driver changes the printer name somehow, it probably names it as "Brother HL-1440" and the XP driver has it as "Brother HL-1440 series", therefore it claims the driver which is the correct one isn't. It did install on my other Windows 7 machine without problems (win 7 to Win 7).
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23 Dec 2011   #9

windows 7 x64
Problem Solved!

Many thanks to heretohelp for the solution to getting XP access to a shared Brother HL-1440 printer on my Windows 7 machine. This has been driving me nuts for several weeks. I don't know whether it was MS or Brother, but someone dropped the ball here.
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06 Aug 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Thanks heretohelp!!
This may be an old thread but I just had this issue today! Deleting the "series" made it work perfectly!!
Thank you thank you thank you!!
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