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Windows 7: XP to 7 Printer sharing

11 Nov 2010   #91
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

@Essiar,

Here is how you make this work. It is a bit of work but will work.

Step 1: Connect the printer to the Windows 7 64-bit machine, install all drivers make sure it prints correctly, test everything.
Step 2: Disconnect the printer from Windows 7 machine.
Step 3: Directly Connect the printer to the USB port on the next machine, install all drivers (32bit or 64bit) make sure it prints correctly test everything.
Step 4: Repeat Step 3 for all computers you want to print to this printer.
Step 5: Connect the printer to the machine you want to use as the PRINT SERVER. Test the printer and share it.
Step 6: Add the printer as you have tried before, HOWEVER, take the drivers from your LOCAL machine NOT from the machine you are using as the PRINT SERVER, the correct drivers are ALREADY on your machine and you know they work because you tested the printer.

Please NOTE: This is a huge NOTE. Check out all the other threads on Windows 7 and Windows XP printing with a shared printer via USB. You will find there are many many issues with this and your best bet is to buy a USB to Network device and add the printer directly to your home network. Search the forum for them, I have even posted in many of them.

Enjoy, Done.


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11 Nov 2010   #92
Essiar

win7/xp
 
 
FIXED!

Seems like the issue was the fact that I was attempting to install the 32 bit driver on the win 7 machine (that has the printer attached) so my 32 bit XP machine could print to it. What I needed to do was install the XP 64 bit driver on my Win 7 machine so the 32 bit XP machine could print to it. All works fine now. Thanks for your help and a a big thanks for listening to my whining!
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29 Nov 2010   #93
Essiar

win7/xp
 
 
fuhgetaboutit :-)

If you're printing from an XP machine to a win 7 machine via a wireless network, you will have nothing but problems. It works, then it doesn't, then I reset it all and it works, then it doesn't. On and on and so on... The 2 OS just don't like each other. Oh sure, you'll get it to work if you follow all the suggestions, but not for very long. I have absolutely no idea whatsoever why it works, then it doesn't, but that's exactly what occurs. It's a royal pain in the ...
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29 Nov 2010   #94
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Yep, USB or Wireless are a PITA for sharing via XP or 7. That is why I put the note in my post

XP to 7 Printer sharing
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27 Jan 2011   #95
ToeKnee

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi, i just registered to tell that the method for me worked fine until the actual printing. I have a Canon LBP3300 connected to my Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit computer and i have another computer, a Windows Vista 32bit that i want to share with. I followed the instructions and i have added the printers on the Windows Vista computer, however when i try and print a test page, i get an error and it says:

Cannot communicate with server
The following may have occured
-server is down
-The firewall settings of the client does not allow communications with the server

However, even after i turned off the firewall for both computers i still get the error.

Please help!! it would be greatly appreciated
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27 Jan 2011   #96
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ToeKnee View Post
Hi, i just registered to tell that the method for me worked fine until the actual printing. I have a Canon LBP3300 connected to my Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit computer and i have another computer, a Windows Vista 32bit that i want to share with. I followed the instructions and i have added the printers on the Windows Vista computer, however when i try and print a test page, i get an error and it says:

Cannot communicate with server
The following may have occured
-server is down
-The firewall settings of the client does not allow communications with the server

However, even after i turned off the firewall for both computers i still get the error.

Please help!! it would be greatly appreciated
Have you tried:
XP to 7 Printer sharing
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11 Feb 2011   #97
Essiar

win7/xp
 
 
works fine till reboot

The XP machine has no problem printing to the printer on the Windows 7 machine UNTIL THE XP MACHINE GETS REBOOTED. Once rebooted the XP machine will not print to the printer on the Win7 machine. Then I delete the printer from the XP machine, reinstall it, and it works fine. I thought perhaps on reboot it was loading a different driver but it doesn't appear to be doing that.
So the million dollar question is... Why does the XP machine print fine to the printer on the Win7 machine until the XP machine gets rebooted??? Any ideas?
Thanks!
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11 Feb 2011   #98
Essiar

win7/xp
 
 
to follow up...

I assume it's something loading up in the registry upon restart but I have no idea what it would be nor how to analyze that.
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10 Mar 2011   #99
pikalax

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi Mods
Maybe you can make this a sticky -- often comes up and I posted a solution yesterday which works.
..............extract from previous post .....
Hi there
I've posted on this before but to share Printers attached to XP computers with either X-64 or X-32 versions of W7 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 W7 machine ensure you can "See" the Printer share.

Now on the W7 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 W7 machine into thinking it's running the printer.

4) Create NEW port==>Local port

5) Portname is \\XPMACHINE\SHAREDPRINTER

6) Now W7 will load a driver and you'll be able to print on the XP machine.

Simple

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


If the printer is on the W7 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

Cheers
jimbo
I can only access the XP machine via its network IP address; using its name returns a "Not found" error. However, this fact did not make the printer addition impossible using a revised Jimbo method, as described below:

At 5), my computer said the port already existed. I made the following changes to the procedure:

4) Use an existing port: (Choose the port from the dropdown list, should be \\XPMACHINE\SHAREDPRINTER or, in my case, \\XPIPADDRESS\SHAREDPRINTER)

5) Choose the printer manufacturer and the printer model/driver from the list. The name should be the same as the names in Google search results for your specific printer name and model number (for example, a Samsung ML-2571N shows up as "Samsung ML-2570 Series"). If there are multiple drivers listed for the same printer, choose the one that worked for other Windows 7 machines or for your XP machine (i.e. PCL6 vs. PS6, I chose the PCL6 driver).

** If the correct driver does not appear on the list, click "Windows Update", or use the driver that is most similar to the driver you need.

6) Continue to follow the onscreen prompts. When prompted, designate the printer as a shared printer; keep the name at default and change the location to "\\XPMACHINE\SHAREDPRINTER" (without the "s).

The above steps successfully installed the printer on my Windows 7 machine. Have not yet rebooted my Windows 7 or my Windows XP to test the consistency of the configuration, which I recommend you.
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10 Mar 2011   #100
Essiar

win7/xp
 
 
as I mentioned before...

My xp machine can print to the printer on the win 7 machine when I set it up correctly as posted here, works great. When I reboot the xp machine, it loses the win 7 printer every time. I can then "add a printer" and go through the process again. It will work till I reboot the xp machine again, then it loses the printer on the win 7 machine. Looks like that leaves me 3 choices:
1) email what needs to be printed to the win7 machine (that's what my daughter does now which means I have to print everything for her).
2) NEVER reboot the xp machine.
3) toss out the xp machine and buy another win7 machine.
All these choices suck.
I assume when it reboots, something in the registry is loading the old config or old driver or something along these lines.
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