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I have an XP machine x32 with an HP Laserjet 1320 plugged in and shared. I just installed a Win 7 Pro x64 and am having issues installing the shared printer.
I have tried to add the drivers to the XP machine for 7 x64 but it will not allow the drivers I downloaded from HP. So I moved the printer to the 7 x64 machine and shared from there. When I try to add the x86 drivers it will not allow that either.

What am I missing?
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by:woodmouse
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I have a Laserjet 1320n installed onto the network, and both machines are printing to the tcp/ip port in direct, so I don't have an issue using this printer at all. (x64 & x86 computers are on that network)

You could buy an external printserver ofcourse, if you have the non "-n" version ofcourse :)
The printer is PCL capabale, so an external printserver should work fine too.

Some routers and NASses do offer print server functions too...
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by:Luuker
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It is not the N model so I cannot hook to the network. I would think I shouldn't have to buy a print server to make this work. The problem is not the printer, it works fine from either machine. The problem is the print driver.
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An other thing you might try (I've been doing this a lot of years ago, when a mix of Win98 & XP computers were at a customer site), is to share the printer on XP.
Then add the printer within Win7-x64, but not to connect to the share, but to add a localport that points to this share...

So you would actually install your printer "locally" on Win7, and then instead of using LPT1, you add a new port, choose "local port", and then add \\<namexp-computer>\printershare

The you can assign the driver from Win7 without interference...

ps. just tried this using virtualbox, and this seems to work flawlessly
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while adding printer in windows xp the driver on 7 will not work, did u download the driver for xp, when u are connecting the shared printer make sure u pickup the correct xp driver.
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The incompatibilities between Win7 and XP were driving me nuts, as well. I followed the instructions at the link below, and got it to work with a bit of treaking. Good luck:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/share-files-and-printers-between-windows-7-and-xp/
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StevePCGuy, your link would be great except I didn't mention these machines are in a domain. I should have said that earlier, sorry!!

I did however find how to fix the problem. Turns out there are no "downloadable" drivers from HP that is any different then what's offered through Windows updates. The best driver listed is PCL5e for that model printer on the Win7 x64 machine. Of course for XP they were using PCL6. This was part of the issues i was having. The driver names have to be the same in order to share the printer from one OS to the other regardless of x32 or x64. This includes the Universal drivers as well. In order to use the UD on the WIN 7 they had to be installed on the XP and they wouldn't work. They printed pages that said protocol error.

I found the fix!! I installed the PCL6 drivers on the XP x32 machine. Then downloaded Vista x64 driver for the WIN7 machine. I installed the WIN7 printer as a regular network printer and when it couldn't find the driver to use, I pointed to the Vista drivers I extracted to the local C drive. It installed the printer then pushed the driver files up to the XP machine automatically as additional drivers.

Now both printers work fine. This was such a nightmare!! Apparently this has been a problem since Win7 was released. There were tons of forums talking about this same problem using various HP printer models but only 1 mentioned the answer. I wish I could remember where that site was so I could give that person credit but I closed it before I marked it.

Thank you all for trying to help!!

Here is the link to the driver if anyone else needs it (for the LaserJet 1320):
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=18972&prodSeriesId=410622&prodNameId=410633&swEnvOID=2100&swLang=8&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=lj-55460-2
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None of the answers I got was really the problem but I found the solution in the mean time.
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