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How to add a printer in a home network that is connected to a computer with another version of Windows?

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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.

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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.
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If you have a file and printer sharing enabled, you can share the printer on the main computer by right-clicking it going to properties and sharing tab.
Then from the second computer go to the first one by going to start -> run -> \\[computername. If everything is successful, you'll see printers folder.Inside by double-clicking you can install the printer.
There's no reason for bsod.

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I'd mix the 2 suggestions above up a bit, but slightly simpler...

Download latest Win7 driver, and install it on the laptop.  Avoid the CD version if possible to get the most bug-fixed version.  Connect the printer via USB in the normal way as part of the install.  Remove printer cable, and reboot.

Make sure the Printer is Shared on the XP Printer.  Connect to it via \\<PCname>, and you should see the printer.  

When you doubleclick to install, it'll see the remote model, realise it has a local driver already available, and use that.  Job Done.

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1. OK: On XP I can install an XP driver. Great.
2. It seems like my old (and good) Minolta printer does not have a 64-bit Win 7 driver. Not your fault, but your answer has helped me to decide that I will not buy a new computer. I want to be able to use my Minolta printer.
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VirtualPC is interesting, but how does it work? If I have to start the XP environment like a remote PC, so Word, Excel, Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer etc. have to be invoked in a special XP environment working under Windows 7, it is not encouraging. It will be like simulating a PC in a Mac. I want the printer driver, and just the printer driver, to work in “XP mode”, and I want to use the full 64-bit processor for all applications, without having to do special things every time I want to print.
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