Two similar questions. Question 1:
I have a Dell laptop with Windows XP SP3, and I wanted to add a Samsung printer (ML-1630) that is connected to my wife's new Sony laptop. So I added her printer through our home network (DLink). I have done this 30-40 times so I know what to do, and nothing exceptional happened during the installation, so I thought it was OK. An hour later I got a "blue screen", and when I restarted my computer I got a "blue screen" shortly after the logon screen was displayed. In other words, it was not possible to logon to the computer. I solved this by starting in safe mode and making a system restore. After this the printer disappeared from the "Printers and Faxes" window.
I wondered why this happened, but after a while I realised that my wife has Windows 7 in her new computer, and I installed a printer driver for Windows 7 into my XP computer. Is it possible to connect my XP computer to the printer connected to her laptop with Windows 7? According to other questions it seems like it is not possible. The printer has to have an IP address, and the only way to connect to it is through a USB cable. This cable is connected to a computer with Windows 7 Home Edition.
I might instead buy a new laptop with Windows 7, and if I do so I will need to connect that computer to an XP computer in our home network that has a Minolta-QMS printer (Magicolor 2200 DesLaser) connected to it. Then, I guess, I would have to install a printer driver for Windows XP into a computer with Windows 7. Will it be possible add this printer into a Windows 7 computer? I definitely do not want to get another blue screen.