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I have a Virtual XP computer set up on my Windows 7 pc.  When I try to add a printer (1 is networked and 1 is local) it doesn't find any.  What needs to be done to add a printer
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Question by:J.R. Sitman
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by:Coast-IT
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You need to look at integration features ;

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial155.html
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by:luconsta
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But you are sure the network is working from the virtual PC?... check the virtual machine setting and make sure you are at leas on the "Shared networking (NAT)" or better - one with you host network's adapter name.
Can you ping the IP of the networked printer?
By the way - the local printer could not be found from the virtual machine directly - you can use it as a network shared printer \\PC-Name\PrinterName
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by:J.R. Sitman
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Yes I can ping the printer.  When I click "network places" I can see the "f" drive.  How do I check the "Shared network nat"
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by:J.R. Sitman
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I found the setting for "Shared network nat" and it is on.
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And how do you try to add the network printer?... usually there are 2 ways
1. The simplest one is using the setup program that came with the printer because it has a tool that could scan the network for that specific printer a do the required steps to install it.
2. When you add a network printer (not shared on a PC) you have to add it as a "local printer" but you have to add it on a specific port - TCP/IP port and there you have to give the IP of your printer

But in both cases the printer could not be detected automatically by the "Add printer wizard".

With shared printers is another story - they are installed automatically only if they are shared with drivers for the operating systems that will connect to it - by default windows will install only the drivers for the current host operating system - more exactly - if the printer is shared on a Window 7 PC will have only Win7 drivers so could be found only by Win7 peers but not by WinXP ones - in this case you must add the WinXP drivers on that Win7 PC if you want to share that printer for XP PC'a also.
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by:J.R. Sitman
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The #2 solution was the answer.  I added the port and used the CD.

Thanks
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