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Connecting to Shared Printer Vista x64

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by redhat9, May 20, 2008.

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  1. redhat9

    redhat9 Thread Starter

    Jun 11, 2004
    Hello everyone, I have an HP Laserjet 1200 printer on a Windows 2000 Advanced server machine hooked up through USB. Anyways this printer serves the whole house and is easily connected to throught XP and 2k Pro machines. However, recently I installed Vista x64 Ultimate on my main box and I cannot seem to get it to connect. I have tried the Universal HP Printer driver but that didn't work. Vista can see the printer and connect to it but it keeps on asking me for a driver, I know vista has a driver for it already but it is as if it doesn't want to use it's own driver. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks again guys!
  2. davehc

    davehc Retired Trusted Advisor

    Oct 4, 2006
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    Vista does NOT have a 64 bit driver for that printer. I messed around with HP's generic 64 bit driver for some time but had to give up. I finally left it as a standby for my wife's (32 bit) laptop.
    But try the 2400 series 64 bit drivers. I have not experimented myself, but have read that they work at a pretty good percentage of efficiency.
  3. K7M


    Feb 27, 2000
    I have a HP printer I share over my network and I get an error unless I access it through the network folder, sign in as administrator, then I can print. I'm only using the 32 bit ver of vista, but maybe this will help.
  4. Mwewe


    Sep 7, 2008
    This can be done. I saw the solution on one of MS's forums and tried it. I'm sharing my LJ 1200 with a 32-bit XP system and can access it with a 64-bit Vist system quite well and it prints nicely. Here's the solution that worked for me:

    "I downloaded the PCL 5e driver. I then edited the .inf file and dropped the e from printer1 name. Now I was able to attach the printer to either my XP or Vista 64 bit system and share it on the other within my workgroup LAN. "

    You can get the PCL 5e XP driver at HP's driver downloads.

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