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Hi everyone,

  I have an HP F735 installed on a host computer running Windows XP Professional 32-bit. Now I tried to add this network printer on a computer running Windows 7 Professional 32-bit over the network. The network printer was added into the "Device and Printers" including its driver.

  My problem is that, even though that the network printer (hosted by Win XP 32-bit) was added on Device and Printers, I still can't perform a network print operation using this computer running on Win 7 Pro 32-bit.

 
  I tried a series of test:

  1.) I tried to install the latest drivers, softwares & updates of the HP F735 on the host computer / XP Computer (http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?os=228&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&sw_lang=&product=3457028)

  2.) I installed the HP F735 printer DIRECTLY on the computer using the Windows 7 using the latest drivers,softwares & updates found on the HP website. I was able to print doing this. BUT, when I re-connected the printer back to the host / XP computer, then re-added printer and re-installed driver, the Win 7 Computer on the network still could not on the network printer. (http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?os=4062&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&sw_lang=&product=3457028)

  3.) I REPAIR INSTALLED Windows 7 OS, then re-added and re-installed the driver of the network printer located on the host / XP computer, Yet again another failure.

 You know what's weird??!! Because I have another computer over the network that runs the same operating system (Windows 7 Professional 32-bit) that  was able to successfully connnect to that network printer and PRINT!!!

  Please, I'm really feeling very bad about this. I hope you could help me out ASAP. TIA.
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by:Tomas Valenta
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If you try to print any error message ?
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No error messages generated. Network Diagnostic Utility can't detect the printer even though its already on Device and Printers
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by:Anglo
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Can you ping or browse to it?  If so check the port settings are pointing to TCP port and correct IP.
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by:Tomas Valenta
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Uninstall all software from HP from W7 machine, delete drivers for this printer.
Then create network printer again (after restart W7) and choose some internal
W7 drivers for similar HP printer you will find and test printing.
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by:0nepiece
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@Anglo: Thank you for your reply. How / Where do I check on them (port and ip)?
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by:Tomas Valenta
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you told the printer is connected directly (by USB or paraller port) to Windows XP machine and here is printer sharing, it is right ? THen you are not able to ping or web this printer.
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@Tominov : I'm currently uninstalling all HP softwares. I already removed the network printer from from the Devices and Printers, so the driver is also removed right? If not, where do I locate the drivers of the network printer and how do I permanently remove driver/drivers of the network printer? Thanks again.
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Hi everyone thank you for your inputs. I was able to solve my problem by deleting 2 registry folders related to the HP f735 printer:

  1. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows
NT x86\Drivers\Version-3\PRINTDRIVERNAME

  2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows
NT x86\Print Processors


Source: http://forum.soft32.com/windows/Unable-remove-network-er-drivers-ftopict374823.html

After deletion, I restarted the computer then re-added the network printer. Test printed and it works :D
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