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Print from Vista laptop to shared printer on XP PC

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by bruklinboy, Dec 26, 2007.

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  1. bruklinboy

    bruklinboy Thread Starter

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    New Vista laptop.
    Home Premium Edition

    HP printer 5150 connected locally to HP 716n PC with XP SP2
    Printer is set to sharing
    PC is connected to a wireless router via ethernet cable
    Laptop sees router w/LAN(otherwise, you wouldnt be reading this)
    What hoops to I need to jump thru if at all to get the laptop to see the printer???
     
  2. Bob Cerelli

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    The basics are:

    Have the same workgroup name
    On the Vista computer, add a Networked printer.
    Browse to the XP computer and it's printer
     
  3. bruklinboy

    bruklinboy Thread Starter

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    for some reason it cant seem to find the printer on the XP PC
     
  4. Bob Cerelli

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    Is there any firewall software installed on the XP computer that might be preventing it from even being seen?
     
  5. DonPA

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    turn on the UAC go out to printer to install and then reboot and turn off UAC again. You should see the printer now.
     
  6. bruklinboy

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    checked the firewall(s)
    neither Norton or Windows is stopping it
    As matter of fact windows firewall is off. I only use Norton.
    I will try the UAC suggestion next time my wife puts down her laptop
    Its new(xmas gift) and it seems strangely attached too her for now
     
  7. earld2

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    The perfect solution, though costly, is buy a print server.
     
  8. longvale

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    Hi this is a response I found on VNUNET.Com from a Robert Clayton which worked for my situation which is similar to yours. I tried to access a printer on my XP Home machine in another room via a wLAN, from my Vista desktop. Constantly had a "cannot access printer" message until I followed the instructions from Bob Clayton. Seems Vista will only access a 'local printer' not a network one. From memory I needed to download the latest Vista compatible driver for the printer attached to the XP machine, onto my Vista machine before I took the steps below.

    "Posted: 05-Aug-2007 19:09 Reply


    Been trying to connect my wifes new Vista laptop (yuk) to print out to my networked XP desktop's printers. I could see the files and printers on the XP machine from the laptop. Tried all the usual , firewalls,file and printer sharing turned on. Would not connect !

    Apparently this is a problem that hasn't been solved.

    This "workaround" solved it for me.

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    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

    default.

    12.) Press Next

    13.) Print a test page to verify functionality.

    14.) Press Finish



    .

    Hope this helps someone else.

    .

    Bob "

    Let us all know if it works??!!
     
  9. jmwills

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    Can you ping the XP machine?
     
  10. managed

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    Thanks longvale, worked for me :)
     
  11. guitar21

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    i setup file print sharing on vista
    2 ran network setup wizard on xp
    3 went in to xp controll center removed all printers refreshed folder
    4 add new primter xp


    a print server would of been better if i had the cash and shop was open at 3 am
    im not sure if you can turn on just print sharing or how secure it is
     
  12. guitar21

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    you might need the drivers for the printer after you uninstall the printer from laptop
     
  13. Supersonicemt

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    Thank you to longvale. I have had this issue for about 4 hours now and finally googled it and found this forum. ThaT SOLVED my problem. PS I hate vista too
     
  14. DaveA

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    Have you checked the Firewall on the XP machine with the printer. It MUST be set to ALLOW outside machines to access it to get to it's printer.
     
  15. theath363

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    thanks for the help had same problem here. after renaming and setting it as a local printer it helped everything. Very new to vista here and will be back for help im sure.
     
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