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Windows 7: XP to 7 Printer sharing

06 Jun 2009   #11

Windows XP

Thank you Jimbo45 for your perfect instructions. I have a Canon iP6700D connected to my Win7 64bit computer. Needed to share with an XP computer. Followed your instructions. Downloaded drivers wouldn't load but the Canon installation disk worked when I chose the new local port.

The final version of Windows 7 had better address this issue. It definitely isn't intuitive, at least until you know how to do it.

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30 Jun 2009   #12

Win 7 x64 RC1

Thanks, Jimbo. This had me going. It's a pity sharing a printer has been made this damned hard.
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30 Jul 2009   #13

Windows 7

Thanks Jimbo this worked for me! :)
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18 Sep 2009   #14

W7 Pro
Great post - thanks!

worked easily, thanks much for the info!
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12 Oct 2009   #15

Windows 7/10.6
windows 7 printer sharing with macs?

I was just wondering if anyone has had any luck sharing out a printer to a Mac from a Windows 7 box? I had it setup with XP to Mac but can't seem to make it work now that I running 7.
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13 Oct 2009   #16

windows 7 RC

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


6) Now W7 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 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

just joined to give you a well deserved thanks!
worked! easy instructions
never networked a printer in my life
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03 Nov 2009   #17
Scott E L

windows 7

I can't get my (XP only) Epson Stylus Photo 900 to print from Virtual PC. I've created a simple Notepad doc, press File>print,my 900 comes up as the default printer. I then select Print,the status monitor is visible,the blue progress bar works but the ink display shows no ink even thow they are full. No response from the printer and 0 docs in the queue. Printer works as expected with my laptop. My goal is to use this printer through Virtual PC in Windows 7. Any help would be appreciated.
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04 Nov 2009   #18

Vista Home Premium 64(Laptop)/ Windows 7(PC)/XPMedia(PC)/Vista32HomePremium(PC)
Windows 7 to Xp and Vista?

Ok so I am slightly retarded when it comes to printer and network sharing i need to be told exactly how to do this. I have the printer installed on my Windows 7 PC. I want to share it with a Vista Laptop, Vista PC, Windows 7 Laptop, and an XP PC. If someone would be willing to help me that would be awesome! Step by step instructions would be fabulous. I have homegroup on my 7 pc and i thought it was not backwards compatible for other Os's? Pls Help!
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12 Nov 2009   #19

Vista to Win7 print share still a problem

jimbo 45,
Almost excellent solution to the problem.

I have 2 laptops connecting to a desktop running W7. My work laptop, runnig Xp has connected now with no problems - so brilliant.

BUT, my own laptop running Vista is proving to be more of a challenge. When I try to enter the new port details (\\newoffice\MP610) it tells me "access denied".

If I try to connect the right way (that does not work) it certainly connects and trys to locate drivers - but of course fails. I can see the printer through the network page no problem. I have also tried the alternative route, loading the printer as a local printer on LPT1 then just trying to change the path. I get exactly the same "Access Denied" message when changing the path.

I am running Norton 360 security and I have set both machines to Full Trust ( although the Xp machine only needs share level and it works no problem).

Any more thoughts?
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12 Nov 2009   #20
Bob Vance

Windows 7 Professional

I now have my printers networked, thanks, but cannot print word 2007 documentsents. I can print EVERYTHING but Word 2007 documents from Office Enterprise 2007. Does anyone have a clue how this could be? The print jobs are forver spooling or are queude but they never run to completion.
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