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Windows 7: Networking from Printer attached to Win XP PC to Win 7

20 Apr 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
Networking from Printer attached to Win XP PC to Win 7

Hi there

The printer, HP Photosmart 2575 is connected in another room to a PC with Windows XP and I cant get it to show up in Windows 7 at all.....please can someone help me?

An ethernet cable runs from the PC in the other room to my router in my room......

Also, when I managed to get it working on Windows Vista previously, my god it was slow performance....

Shall I install the printer drivers on this machine, and if so, how do I set the compatibility mode?

If anyone has any questions to ask me, let me know!

Thanks in advance

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20 Apr 2009   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64 Insider Preview (Skip Ahead) latest build

Is the printer Shared on the XP box?
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21 Apr 2009   #3

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

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

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21 Apr 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit

It worked! Thanks VERY much! :)
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24 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7, Vista, Ubuntu

This needs to be a "sticky". Many people are going to run into this situation. I know I did. This was not easy to locate.
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05 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Excellent guide, thank you.
I registered for this site just to say thanks here. I would have never found this out on my own.
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02 Dec 2009   #7


I tried for way too many hours to set up printing from an old XP x86 system to a shared printer on a Windeows 7 X64 system. (I'm still waiting on a response from Samsung, btw) The post from Jimbo45 solved my problem in a few minutes. And I too signed up on this forum just to say thanks, Jimbo45. You get a really big gold star from me!
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17 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7
Many thanks

many thanks, worked perfectly, although totally counter-intuitive !
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21 Dec 2009   #9

windows 7
XP to 7 Printer sharing

Many thanks Jimbo45 it really worked
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21 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

This guide covers it pretty well and also has pictures showing the GUI.
Share Files and Printers between Windows 7 and XP :: the How-To Geek
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