Windows 7 install of Network Printer

Posted on 2010-01-09
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I am trying to install a Ricoh Aficio CL4000DN on a new installation of Windows 7. The printer is recognized by Windows 7, but then can't find the printer driver. When I download the current printer driver, and then point the install to the directory it was downloaded and unzipped to, windows 7 doesn't find the drivers. The printer is directly connected to a Windows 2003 LAN on a domain. It has it's own IP address.

Any ideas?
Question by:bearco
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Syed Mutahir Ali earned 1000 total points
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Have you tried adding the printer to your Windows 7 Machine as a Local Printer ?

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

http://support.ricoh.com/bb/html/dr_ut_e/re/model/cl40/cl40en.htm#Microsoft Windows 7

Hope this helps
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senad earned 1000 total points
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If it's a network printer on a domain then you must first install it on Windows 2003 Server.
Done that,then you point,in W7,to the location of networked printer (using devices&printers - add network printer).
Only then,if you are prompted for drivers,supply them...
Make sure any firewall is not blocking the connection.

Also,are you a domain member ?
read here :

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31674982
The key to making it install was to install as a local printer, add the specific local IP address, then add the share name. Worked like a charm.

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