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Wireless printer, XP and Win7 query

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  1. wrinklysteve

    wrinklysteve Thread Starter

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    Hello again. My daughter has an XP PC and an XP laptop that talks OK to a wireless printer. She now has a Win7 laptop. Am I right in thinking that the Win7 laptop cannot be made to 'see' the wireless printer because it has been set up on XP? It would be helpful to know before I get over there to spend some time investigating.
    Thanks in advance,
    Steve
     
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    To me "wireless printer" implies a printer that is connected by Wi-Fi to a router. A printer connected that way can be "seen" by any computer on the LAN (connected to the same router).

    Do you mean that the printer is connected by USB to a computer, and not connected by Wi-Fi to the router? Or something else?

    Does the printer manufacturer supply a Windows 7 driver for the printer?
     
  3. wrinklysteve

    wrinklysteve Thread Starter

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    Thanks TerryNet. This is my first foray into wireless printers and my daughter expect me to know everything! Two XP laptops operate the printer wirelessly, which is connected to a PC by cable. The printer installation disk is 'lost'. When I get there I will download the printer's Win7 drivers to the new laptop and try again.
    S
     
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    OK, so the printer is connected to one computer by USB, right? Is it also connected to a router (or wireless access point) by Wi-Fi or are the printer and other two computers using an ad-hoc wireless network?

    Will the Windows 7 PC be trying to connect to the networked printer or to the instance connected by USB to the first computer? If the latter is the printer shared by that computer?
     
  5. wrinklysteve

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    The wireless connection was failing on the drivers inherent in Win7 so I downloaded the full set of drivers for the printer and followed the instructions to connect to the lan - success, the printer responds wirelessly to the laptop. It remains to be seen what setups I have undone that she performed in my absence!
    Thanks for your help and interest. I will mark as solved when daughter has approved the setup.
    S
     
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