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Windows 7: Problem creating network printer on Win7 shared from WinXP

19 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
Problem creating network printer on Win7 shared from WinXP

I have a home network consisting of a company-issued WinXP Pro desktop (HP) and a personal Win7 Home Premium laptop (HP). The WinXP machine has a HP printer (hp PSC 2210) connected via USB. This printer is "shared" by the WinXP machine (shared as "hppsc220"). *Unfortunately*, the WinXP machine uses a work-related domain name, and can't be changed. It's not on a "WORKGROUP".

Both machines are on the same LAN, but aren't in the same workgroup/homegroup or domain.
WinXP box is on
Win7 box has ip

I want to create a network printer on my new Win7 box for this printer. If I use "Add a Printer | Add a network, wireless, or Bluetooth Printer", the Win7 box does not "see" this printer, even though it's shared. I assume because of the domain/group differences?

So, I try "My printer wasn't listed...", and I try to use the "Select a shared printer by name". When I try to specify the name


I get a Error "Windows failed to connect to the printer" (operation failed with error 0x0000051f).

Can anyone suggest a remedy?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 7 professional 64 bit

If you want the printer to be in the network, then all the computers has to be in the same work group.
See, how to change the work group of your computer:
How to change your Computer Name (or Workgroup) in Windows XP – Simple Help

Then only the printer can be configured with those computer. Even if your printer is not wireless capable and your wireless router has a USB port, printer can be made as a network printer.
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