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Windows 7: XP Can't Use Win7 Connected Printer

31 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7
XP Can't Use Win7 Connected Printer

I have an HP deskjet 990 printer USB connected to my new Windows 7 desktop and working just fine (with updated x64 drivers).
In the Network & Sharing Center I have:
-Network Discovery ON
-File & Printer Sharing ON
-Public Folder Sharing ON
In the Printer Properties I have:
-Share This Printer ON
-Render Print Jobs on Client Computers ON
When I try to add the printer to an XP Pro laptop and:
-Specify a Network Printer
-Browse for a Printer
-WORKGROUP comes up in the network list with nothing below it; i.e. no printer to choose.
Can anybody help?
(This was working when both computers were running XP Pro)

My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jan 2010   #2

W7 Ultimate 64bit W7 Premium 64bit W7 Premium 32bit WXP Home 32bit

Welcome to Seven Forums!

This is a good tutorial on the subject:

Sharing files and printers with different versions of Windows - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows

Good Luck!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7

Thanks, RedBirdDad. The first step did it! The Workgroup name was different on the two machines because Win7 has a different default from XP during install/setup. Made them both MSHOME and printer sprang to life.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

01 Feb 2010   #4

W7 Ultimate 64bit W7 Premium 64bit W7 Premium 32bit WXP Home 32bit


Glad it worked! :)
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