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Windows 7: XP to 7 Printer sharing

23 Aug 2011   #121
keredd

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

jimbo45

Thank you! It worked perfectly. I have added your instructions to my One note!

p.s. referring to your post from 04-22-2009


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13 Nov 2011   #122
duartejoe

w home 64
 
 
Still trying

Jimbo,

I have seen the printer over the network. Tried the local port \\computer name\printer and chose the driver (which is the driver I use when usb printing directly from laptop to to that printer.
Green bar keeps moving and never installing the printer...


Any thoughts?

Laptop is Win7 64
Desktop with usb printer Lexmark X5450 is running XP Pro sp3
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14 Nov 2011   #123
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
1) Does the printer work on the XP system - I assume it does.

2) Have you defined the printer as a SHARED printer and given it a name.
Don't install any EXTRA drivers on the XP system..

3) when you try and install the printer on the W7 system you should get a message when installing the driver to either load the W7 driver CD or use Windows update.


(If drivers exist already on your system -- uninstall and delete the printer on the W7 system and start again from scratch).

If you have the disk use that otherwise use Windows update -- but it takes a LONG time (up to 10 - 15 mins) to download all the manufacturers and then you have to set Lexmark and choose the driver.

Don't also use home groups until you've got this working.

It's possible that you might not have any W7 x-64 drivers -- in this case use VISTA ones.

If there aren't any x-64 drivers for this printer then you've had it I'm afraid.

Cheers

jimbo
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15 Nov 2011   #124
duartejoe

w home 64
 
 
Thanks Jimbo

Hi there
1) Does the printer work on the XP system - I assume it does.


Yes

2) Have you defined the printer as a SHARED printer and given it a name.
Don't install any EXTRA drivers on the XP system..


I did share it and name it and have Not installed extra drivers

3) when you try and install the printer on the Windows 7 system you should get a message when installing the driver to either load the Windows 7 driver CD or use Windows update.


(If drivers exist already on your system -- uninstall and delete the printer on the Windows 7 system and start again from scratch).

If you have the disk use that otherwise use Windows update -- but it takes a LONG time (up to 10 - 15 mins) to download all the manufacturers and then you have to set Lexmark and choose the driver.


I know how to remove the device, but to uninstall the drivers...hmmmmn Not sure

Don't also use home groups until you've got this working.

I left the group (no other devices ever were in the group) I guess that's fine...

It's possible that you might not have any Windows 7 x-64 drivers -- in this case use VISTA ones.

If there aren't any x-64 drivers for this printer then you've had it I'm afraid.


Well, when I plugged the usb printer into the Win 7 laptop, drivers installed...


Thanks,

Joe
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09 Jan 2012   #125
nleviet

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Windows 7 cannot see a printer shared by XP.

Hi,

I am not sure if this post is still open but I will add some thought to it. I encounter the same problems as many here: connect new Windows 7 computer to a network and unable to add a printer shared by Windows XP. Other computers running Windows 7 were able to access the printer without any problems.

After going around few things on both systems, I found out that the firewall that was installed by default on Windows 7 prevented me to accept and send Netbios Name service requests. This firewall (ESET) came by default with a Toshiba laptop and was configured to drop all Naming Service requests. Once I disabled this rules, I was able to see the computer running XP and add the shared printer without any problems and Windows 7 automatically detected the driver.

Hope this helps,

Nam
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27 Mar 2012   #126
mitsilad

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 
Windows 7 64 bit to XP Pro SP3

I have just obtained my first Windows 7 based computer (W7 Home Premium 64 bit) and have found adding printers an interesting experience. I have successfully loaded two new drivers for the printers connected directly, via USB, to the computer.
However, I have a HP Laserjet 1200 connected to my XP Pro SP3 computer. All the computers are connected via a wired network/router.
I followed jimbo45's instructions (22nd April 2009) but of course W7 does not have a driver to load. Windows Update did not find one and HP say that I do not need one. Where to now? Please help, I know that I am out of my depth.
(Jimbo45, your instructions were far clearer than HP's.)
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27 Mar 2012   #127
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there

I can't believe the original post is getting on for 3 years old -- only seems like YESTERDAY that W7 was released.

If Windows or HP can't find a 64 bit driver for your printer then unfortunately you are out of Luck -- however try this link

If you can't find the W7 driver try the "Universal drivers.

HP LaserJet 1200 Printer series*-* Download drivers and software - HP Business Support Center

Cheers
jimbo
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29 Mar 2012   #128
mitsilad

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Thanks Jimbo.
Yeah I am probably a bit behind. I did not switch to XP until my old machine was too slow for the family's likes.
Good posts and helpful information always remain helpful even three years later.

The problem seems to be that HP, on going to their site, say that a W7 driver is not needed as W7 will find one. However W7 and web update cannot find one. A real catch 22 situation.

I will now look at the universal drivers.

cheers
Mitsilad
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09 Aug 2012   #129
ThanksJimbo45

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Thanks to Jimbo45 for a solution that works

Only just migrated to Windows 7 on my laptop but everything else in my work and home environment is still on XP which includes the PCs that are sharing their printers. The last time (a few weeks ago) I tried to find a solution to printing from the W7 machine to a shared printer on an XP machine nothing useful came up in the search results - nothing on the printer manufacturer's website, nothing from MS, no mention that I should be adding a local printer!

SO A HUGE THANKS TO JIMBO45 FOR EXPLAINING THIS 'MYSTERY' SOLUTION - I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT YOU HAVE IN THE PAST OR WILL AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE BE REWARDED BY BILLY FOR DOING HIS WORK FOR HIM!

For anyone else who encounters this scenario the solution is on the first page of this thread - and just as sharing a printer should be easy I copy Jimbo's procedure here for quick reference... Note, it is steps 3, 4 and 5 that make all the difference to all the other suggestions out there.



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
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10 Aug 2012   #130
Essiar

win7/xp
 
 
Unfortunately, it doen't work the other way around.

Printing from a W7 computer to an XP printer is one thing, but printing from an XP computer to a printer connected to a W7 Homegroup doesn't work. Oh sure, you can make it work once, till you reboot the XP machine. Then it always loses the W7 homegroup network. As you can read previously in this thread, I have tried for days, it just isn't possible. My daughter has to email me her work, then I print it. Other option I assume is get a network printer on the router or get her a W7 laptop. If anyone has had permanent success with printing from an XP machine to a printer on a W7 Homegroup, I'd love to hear about it.
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