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I have recently bought a Windows 7 computer and have retained an older XP one too.

I have an HP color laserjet 2840 printer which has been connected via USB to the Windows 7 machine and works perfectly.

The XP machine has a wireless connection and both the computers are networked.My problem lies with setting up the printer to print from the XP machine via the network.

On Windows 7 I have set the printer to be shared, however, when it asks for additional files and I select the "x86" option, I cannot find the relevant .INF file, even from the HP driver CD.

On the XP machine, I can browse to the printer, when I click open, it asks for drivers and then tells me it cannot locate the correct one. I have browsed through the printer driver CD and I cannot locate the relevant INF file either.

Any ideas?
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by:wrmichael
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goto HP.com and download the latest drivers.

you should be able to add them to the windows 7 machine or just install the drivers manually on the XP machine.
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Tried that, but when I use the HP installation software and choose network printer, the HP installation cannot find the printer on the network. Yet, I am able to browse to the other computer and see the printer on the XP machine.
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Install the printer as if you are attaching it locally,  once the you've done this the drivers will be installed then you should be able to attach to the network printer.

You should be able to add the drivers to the windows 7 printer share also.

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this might give you insight as to why you are having a problem with it.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itpronetworking/thread/fba15d6b-56a2-4929-aceb-35017091b1ba

"OK I have this figured out now. Turns out that Windows 7 requires the names of the printer in the .inf file to match exactly the name Win 7 has stored. Win 7 had my printer as HP Deskjet 5150 series and the .inf file had it as HP Deskjet 5100 series. I just went into the .inf file and changed all the instances to the correct name and got by that stumbling block.

As a further note, I was then stuck because the wizzard would not accept the XP ntprint.inf file. I found a solution for that as well. I copied the entire ntprint.inf_xxx directory out of a Vista OS into the directory where I had the printer driver stored and pointed to that directory. Everything then loaded and my printer sharing is now working."

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by:KecoKev
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Sorry have not replied, the flu got me and still has. Hopefully will be well enough tomorrow to try your suggestions. And thanks for replying
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If the printer is shared on the Windows 7 machine, and the two machines are networked together, you should be able to go to start > run > in the run box type \\windows7pcname and hit enter. This should bring up a list of shares on the Windows 7 machine. Listed should be the printer your wanting to connect to. Double click on it and see if it will allow you to add it this way.
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Well I got a solution of sorts, I could not get the XP machine to install the drivers at all. The printer was visible  on the network but I just got into a loop trying to install. In the end I purchased a Windows 7 upgrade and changed the XP computer to Windows 7 and the problem was solved.

Thanks for all your comments and help.
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