Trying to connect to windows xp print server using windows 7

Posted on 2009-12-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I have a windows xp print server where other XP machines on the network print to any of the three printers just fine, though on the windows 7 machine i can see the printer though cannot connect as i recieve this error

"Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000709). double check the printer name and make sure that the printer is connected to the network."

I've enabled printer sharing and lowered the security in many places on the windows 7 machine as well as the simple file/printer sharing on the windows xp machine.

Question by:F_sacrifice
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    Accepted Solution


    The solution to link is as follows:

    ("Stand alone" Network printers can be done slightly similarly BTW).

    assume the computers are call XPMACHINE and W7MACHINE.

    1) Ensure Printer on XP machine is shared - assume it's called SHAREDPRINTER.

    2) On the Network Browsing on your Windows 7 machine ensure you can "See" the Printer share.

    Now on the Windows 7 machine do the following (doesn't matter if it's X-86 or x-64).

    3) Control Panel==> add LOCAL (Yes LOCAL) printer. I know it's on a Network but hold your horses -- what we are actually doing is "Poodlefaking" the Windows 7 machine into thinking it's running the printer.

    4) Create NEW port==>Local port


    6) Now Windows 7 will load a driver and you'll be able to print on the XP machine.


    (For a "Network stand alone printer") at 4) chose TCPIP port
    and at 5) enter the IP address.

    If the printer is on the Windows 7 machine and you want to print on the XP machine then do the same instructions on the XP machine --
    port name in this case will be \\W7MACHINE\SHAREDPRINTER
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    Expert Comment

    Just check if your firewall is not blocking the connection first.
    Then tell me how it goes...
    LVL 17

    Expert Comment

    Try to stop sharing this printer and share it again with single word in the share name.
    Try to add additional Win 7 drivers to WinXP machine where this printer is shared, although I think we have a network/name resolution issue here.

    Author Closing Comment

    Worked great.


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