Printer drivers will not install

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I tried to login to a university network and that went fine but then when trying to install the network printers it stopped responding. The way I do it on XP is I connect to \\IP.ADDRESS\Printer.name and then it automatically installs the printer drivers but on Vista it doesn't work. Any ideas?
 
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You either have to have a printer that has built in drivers in Vista or the print server has to have Vista drivers on it. With Windows when you share a printer you can install drivers for other OS' so when that OS connects it can download the drivers. Your university admins would have to install the Vista drivers on the print servers for this to work.
 

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Vista probably has the drivers built in but even if I install the printer manually how will it know that the drivers are for the printer on the network?
 
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If you install it as a local printer you can go into the printer settings, click on the Ports tab and add a new port. In the details for the port specify \\IP.ADDRESS\Printer.name
 

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I have a XP/Vista dual boot. I have the printers installed in XP... Is there a way to easily transfer them to Vista?
 
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Dowload the Driver Package again onto the Vista side and before you install, right clikc to properties and use the compatibility feature to roll back to XP then install the driver.
 

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Where do I get the driver package from? It automatically installs to XP from the network when I click add network printer and choose one from the network. How do I download it to the vista side?
 
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You will have two partitions, one for Vista and one for XP. The default share is \\yourcomputername\C$
Create a folder named drivers and put it there. Download the driver package to there.
 
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