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Windows 7 64 bit printer compatibility woes! Network it instead?

I have a nifty HP 1022 laser printer, and now I read that finally the 64 bit driver's available. BUT, it looks like I'd need a master's degree is computer science to figure out how to install the 64 bit driver. And I have an XP machine (32 bit) from which I'd also like to print.

Can I solve this by making the HP 1022 a networked printer? Will I be able to acess it from my Windows 7 or must I still install the correct driver to make this work?

Please let me know.

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Yes,make it a network printer.
You will be able to access it from W7.
You must install drivers both on XP machine and
XP one.
Where is the printer attached now ?
If the printer is on the XP machine there are few steps that are required.
First,the questions of the passwords.
Both machines must be password protected meaning that you can not
log in without a password.make sure this requirement is met.
Then in Windows XP make sure that your printer is 'Shared'.
One important step is that you 'see' each other on the network.

Then in windows seven go to Start > Devices and Printers > Add printer
> Add a network wireless or bluetooth printer

Then follow the instructions.Make sure you have the drivers ready just in
case W7 do not install them by themselves.If all goes well,try and print a test page.
Hello newbiewe,

>BUT, it looks like I'd need a master's degree is computer science to figure out how to install the 64 bit driver

A procedure here : http://theoldestof8.wordpress.com/2009/06/01/how-to-install-a-network-printer-on-windows-7-rc-x64/
And here : http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Install-a-printer-on-a-home-network

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Uppss...I see it is the other way arround.
When installing x64 bit driver make sure you select the option of installing additional drivers during the installation process.
newbiewebAuthor Commented:
Thanks. I'll give it a try.
Thanks for the points! If you encounter any trouble during the install, just post on this post. See you soon!

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