Remote Printing in Mixed Environment (Win XP and Windows Vista)

Posted on 2007-10-02
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I am trying to use Remote Desktop with a local printer.  Here is the setup:

Sony Desktop computer with Windows Vista Home Premium (local computer)
Dell Desktop computer with Windows XP Professional (remote computer)
USB Printer (I have tested HP Deskjet  and Lexmark X7170) attached to the remote computer via USB cable.  I have checked the setting to allow me to access my local drives, printers, etc. in my remote session.

I want to use remote desktop to remote into the Dell computer using the Sony computer and printer.  I am successful at doing this.  However, I cannot "see" or use the printer that is attached to the Sony computer when I am on the Dell desktop.  I have installed the printer drivers normally on the Sony computer and can print to the printer while I am at that computer locally.  I have also installed the printer drivers on the Dell computer by adding them in the "server properites" in Printers.  As suggested here, I have also changed the registry (MS KB #Q302361) to force all ports on the client computer to be filtered for redirection.   Only once was I able to "see" the printer during my remote session, but was not able to print.  I got an error message stating that the communication was lost.  However, I was still able to print locally from that computer.

My quetions are as follows:

1.  Could the problem be caused by the use of two different OS?  Vista nd XP?  
2.  In the case of two different OS, which driver should be added to the server properties on the Dell (remote) computer?  Should I use the XP driver because that is the OS on that machine?  Or should I use the Vista driver because that is where iI am printing TO?

I am trying to get this to work for en employee who is going out of town very soon and he needs to print locally from an application run from the remote computer.  

Any help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

Question by:pleming
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    Expert Comment

    Not sure you can get this to work easily, on a USB printer, especially with a mixed OS environment, since the driver will not be compatible.

    You should try using a standard Networked printer, preferably a generic HP, on both ends.

    Other option would be to try to print to a file, and transfer the fie over, and try to print it.

    Best would be to export to PDF files, Open Office does this built i.

    I hope this helps !


    Author Comment

    When you say try using a standard networked printer on both ends ... do you mean the actual physical printers or some type of generic HP driver?

    I do like the idea of printing to a file and then transferring it over.  I will give that a try and see how that works out.
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    Accepted Solution

    I would use a networked HP printer, either one shared on a server or a standalone version using HP PCL.

    I hope this helps !

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