Windows 7 XPM Printer Share

Posted on 2011-05-02
Last Modified: 2012-06-22
I have an interesting situation. I have a client that requires a piece of sofotware that must be ran in Virtual XP Mode. We need to be able to share the Printer installed in Windows XP Virtual in Windows 7. This is a TIFF driver that essentially images data. Any input on Sharing the XP Virtual Mode 32 Bit printer on the Win 7 box?
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    Is this because the Printer driver is only available for Windows XP and not Windows 7?
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    Is there a Windows 7 Driver available for this "TIFF driver" installed on XP?

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    There is no TIFF driver available in 64 Bit or Win7, hence the issue. I am having the users print to file, but it is a bit cumbersom for the doucment management to import every document
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    Yes, I thought as much.

    You can only print a print job to a Windows XP share if the computer that generates the print job has a driver for that printer. So in your case, although you have shared the printer on Windows XP, you will be able to connect Windows 7 to that share, but you will still have to install a driver to print to it.

    Your vendor will need to supply you with a 64 bit or Windows 7 printer driver for Windows 7.

    You could try a Vista 64bit driver if there is one available.

    Normally what happens, when a PC connects to a printer share, it will download the driver automatically from the printer share, and install it the first time your computer connects to the share in the background. The print server (share) has all the drivers required for the clients, that need to print to that server (printer share), if there is no driver available, the client computer will prompt for a driver.

    I'm afraid no Windows 7 driver, it's doubtful you will be able to print to Windows XP TIFF printer driver.

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