WINDOWS 7 NETWORKING PRINTERS WITH XP

i have a customer who has a Win 7 Pro machine and a HP printer. i need to share that printer with a XP pro and a Vista 32 bit machine. they also have a R008R2 server.

i have made both users on the xp and vista machines users on the win 7 pro machine with administrative rights. i have shared the printer on the network and the machines are in the same workgroup as is the server. no domain and only 5 or 6 machines total. i will have to look if i shared the C: drive on the Win 7 machine if necessary.
when you try to print to the printer from a xp or a vista pc the job just sticks in the queue on the xp or vista pc until you delete the job.
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johnb6767Connect With a Mentor Commented:
IP printing does solve allot of problems in printer sharing. Course it is hard to manage centrally, but if that's not your main concern, mission accomplished.

The universal print drivers do also help. I would consider retrying using that one......

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johnb6767Commented:
This is assuming the basics are in place...

Can you reach other shares? Can you ping the machine?

How did you install it? If you type in the start menu "\\windows7pcname", is the printer visible? Can they double click on it ok from there on the other machines?
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russgarrettAuthor Commented:
when i browse to the printer on the Win 7 machine and go to add it says it is attempting to load the driver for the printer on the xp machine but cannot find it.

i think the client does not have the correct HP 3525 software on their machine and i need to download it and the same for the vista machine.

do you agree i need to download the software myself from HP to verify this could be the issue?

the client is across the country says they have done this bit i am not sure.
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johnb6767Commented:
Sounds like it is not getting the driver to the clients.....

From XP,  go to Printers and faxes>File>Server Properties>Drivers, and add them. Same for Vista, Right click in there and select Server Properties.....

Then delete the printer (if it even made it that far), and browse to it again....
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russgarrettAuthor Commented:
the printer will install to the local xp machine and i tell it the printer is on lpt1.

then i go back to add a printer and browse to the win 7 machine with the hp printer. i find the printer and the xp machine it needs hpcp3525.ini i think is the file. i browse for it on the local xp machine and find it under xp drivers pcl6 and it says this driver will not work.
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johnb6767Commented:
So you are using a 'net use lpt1:' to map it as a local port? Or just that you plug it in physically?
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johnb6767Commented:
Perhaps the wrong driver is on the 7 machine?
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russgarrettAuthor Commented:
after i got the printer driver to load on the xp machine i just left it at lpt1: .

then i went to add printers then browsed to the printer and then when i was asked for the driver it said incorrect file for driver.

if from the xp workstation i can see the printer in windows explorer under the win7 machine name and see that the printer is shared security should not be an issue i would not think. i go to hit properties of that printer and then it ask for the print driver again.

i wish i could load the print driver on the 2008 R2 server and the workstatations automatically oick it up and then in the Printer tab on the workstation it would have the word AUTO before the printer. i just cannot seem to get all the drivers straight

i also wondered if the HP universial print driver would help.

\i also am trying to see if they can get a CAT 5 cable to plug in to the printer and just use tcpip and get he Win 7 machine out of the equation.

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russgarrettAuthor Commented:
somone just found an extra cat 5 cable and plugged it into the printer. i had them assign it a static ip address and left the win 7 machine using the usb port.

the xp machine printed just fine using the ip address.

i also set the ip and gateway ip address the same for all internal use on small networks. just a little info.

i think i am ok now by using the static ip address.

we will see.
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russgarrettAuthor Commented:
worked perfect !
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