Using Printer on Virtual PC

I am using Virtual PC 7 (Win XP Pro SP3 on both host and Virtual) and I'm trying to get my virtual OS to "see" my printer. I've set up my printer as "shared" on network, but when I go to "add a printer" on the virtual OS, it can't "see" the printer listed.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I just set up my printer on my XP virtual machine, but it is on a JetDirect print server, so I more or less expected it to work. I think what I was doing in my head was eliminating VMware issues.

So, the only thing that comes to mind outside of Windows 7 itself is firewalls. Can you see your host machine (map a file by computer name and not by IP address)?  If so, your firewalls are probably not a problem. If you cannot map a drive from Windows 7 to the host, then consider firewalls.  Also consider on the host File and Print sharing (although that comes default in XP).
... Thinkpads_User
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bsaucerAuthor Commented:
I do have a shared folder, but I set that up by going into settings and setting up a shared folder that way.
But this is not Windows 7.  I meant to say this is "Virtual PC 2007", not "Virtual PC 7".
As for firewalls, I am using McAfee Security Suite on the host, and nothing (except maybe Windows Firewall) on the Virtual. I looked in the settings for Security Suite, but I couldn't find a setting for network sharing. My host actually is being used as a web server.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Ahhh - terminology problem. I thought you meant Windows 7 and assumed VMware. So much for that. Try to map a drive as follows: NET USE Z: \\hostmachinename\c$ and press enter. Enter the appropriate username and password for the host. Make sure it connects. If it won't, your printer is probably having the same problem. ... Thinkpads_User
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bsaucerAuthor Commented:
That works, if I type in the complete path of the printer. But why didn't it show up in the list? And why doesn't my host computer show up in "My Network Places"?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
That may be a function of Virtual PC (I use VMware). Guest machines are very well isolated from hosts (especially on VMware if you use NAT networking). Accordingly, I tend to map things fully to achieve better certainty and to save time.

So at this point, I assume you got your printer working fine (although not necessarily the way you started out). ... Thinkpads_User
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You probably should close this thread as your initial problem has been sorted out and the printer in your virtual machine is working. Thanks, ... Thinkpads_User
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bsaucerAuthor Commented:
I just needed to know and use the full network path.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you so much, and I was pleased to assist you.  ... Thinkpads_User
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