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How to Print to Network Printer on XP from Vista

Discussion in 'Networking' started by techy_guy, Jun 12, 2011.

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  1. techy_guy

    techy_guy Thread Starter

    Jun 12, 2011
    Hello All, for the last little while I been struggling to print from my Vista HP Laptop to my Printer (Brother MFC 7220). The printer is connect to my XP Desktop (Service Pack 1) and is configured to be network shared. I found this post to be helpful in almost overcoming my issues. http://forums.techguy.org/windows-vista/664992-print-vista-laptop-shared-printer.html

    However, it was missing one detail which I figured out (and will now share with you). In addition to the steps below (from original post), I needed to change the Port of the XP Printer from a Bidirectional Port to the standart LPT1 Port. While having the printer on a Bidirectional Port the problem I faced was: the Printer Spool Queue on my Desktop Computer would show my Vista Laptop Print job as simply a "Remote Downlevel Document" which had an Error. Again, the problem was solved by changing the Printer on the Desktop from a Bidirectional one to a the standard LPT1 Port. (Go to Printers, Right Click to get Properties of your Printer, Click on the Ports tab and check LPT1 Port).

    If this post was helpful to you, let me know.

    (Original Steps Recopied --how to print from a Vista Laptop to a Shared Printer on XP)
    What this post is missing is that you need to ensure that the port on which the XP
    1.) Verify that File and print sharing is turned on and properly configured

    on the XP machine.

    2.) Locate and notate the Win XP computer name (i.e. "Desktop") (Found in

    System Properties in the Computer Name tab)

    3.) Locate and notate the printer share name on the XP computer (i.e.

    "Printer") (Found under the Sharing tab on the Printer Properties page)

    4.) On the Vista machine launch the "Add a Printer" wizard

    5.) Choose "Add a local printer"

    6.) Select "Create a new port" radio button and choose "Local Port" from the

    drop down menu

    7.) Press Next

    8.) In the "Enter Port Name:" box enter the following: \\Desktop\Printer

    where "Desktop" = the computer name from step 2 and "Printer" = the printer

    share name from step 3.

    9.) Select the Printer driver from the list provided or use the "Have Disk"

    button to install the correct Vista driver if it is not in the built-in list.

    It is critical that the driver you use is Vista compatible.

    10.) Press next

    11.) Give the printer a distinct name and choose whether to set as the


    12.) Press Next

    13.) Print a test page to verify functionality.

    14.) Press Finish
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