Network xp printer to win8 computer

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My current xp system has lexmark platinum pro 905. I have no idea how to create network to new win8 machine to use the printer. Currently have netgear wireless modem with connection to the printer but printer on xp, printer is usb connected. Lexmark does not have a Win8 dirver. Help?
 

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Lexmark not having a Windows 8 driver is discouraging, but may not be a deal stopper. Windows 8 claims to be able to handle many printers with included generic drivers.

The PCs are already on the same (local) network if they both get internet access through the same router. On the XP you need to enable file and printer sharing and then share the printer. Here is a wizard method ...

A wizard way to enable file and printer sharing on XP:

Run the Network Setup wizard (found in Control Panel of XP). Tell it each of your computers connects to the internet via "residential gateway" and that you want to enable file and printer sharing. Create a disk at the end only if you have a PC with Windows ME or Windows older than ME.

Windows XP firewall (if SP2 or SP3) will be properly configured by the wizard (but make sure it is not set to “No Exceptions”). You must uninstall or properly configure any 3rd party firewalls on each machine. Unique computer names and same workgroup, of course.

The Shared Documents folder is automatically shared. Any other folders (or drives) or printers you want to share, just right click on them and sharing ... . When sharing a printer, accept the offer to load other drivers if your other PCs have different Operating System(s).

When you first go into My Network Places there will be nothing there. The first time you click on 'View Workgroup computers' will probably result in great disappointment. It takes awhile (up to 15 minutes) before all the computers in the workgroup get up-to-date and accurate lists of the other computers. Often you can speed up this process via Search for other computers.

When computers show up in My Network Places, double click on one to see its shares. If that includes a printer, you can right click on the printer to connect to it.
 
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Many older printers do not have the driver available that is needed to upgrade it to Windows 8 (many did not even have one available for Windows 7 - I had that problem with an HP Officejet); and you need that driver on the Windows 8 machine even if you are sharing it through another computer on the network.
 
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Lexmark may not have the Windows 8 drivers, but Windows 8 itself does. It uses Lexmark's generic driver (actually the driver for the 910).
 

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I have found that if you browse to the XP machine from the Windows 7 or 8 machine, using Windows Explorer, and can see the printer, then you can right click it and select "Connect". It will then do it's thing and will use the drivers from the the XP machine and should then work.

I have a older HP LazerJet 2100 connected to a XP machine and that is how it is connected to all of my windows 7 machines and my Windows 8 laptop. I think once a Windows 7 or 8 machine is connected, all of the others will then see it using the Library connections.
 

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First, thank you all for your responses and I apologize for waiting so long to reply. Other stuff hit the fan! It seems I still can't see the network from my Win8 machine. After creating the home network on the XP machine, is there anything I need to do on the Win8 side? I know it is attached to the router as I do get internet. I did do this procedure when my the Win8 was a Win7 (which crashed and had to be returned). Any suggestion for where to look for the problem? Thanks, Alan
 

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You have service pack 3 on the XP, right?

On the Windows 8, open File Explorer and click on Network in the Navigation Pane. No other computers show up?

When I first booted Windows 8 I accepted the default settings, which automatically enabled file and printer sharing. If you did not, I think the following should do the job. Right click on the Network icon in the Notification Area - Open Network and Sharing Center - Change advanced sharing settings - see my attached screen shot.
 

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Well, I never did get it to work and yes the old machine was SP3. I'm almost done moving everything to the new machine so it become a moot point. Thank you all again for your input. Alan
 
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